EVERETT, Wash. - An Everett woman was robbed after she stopped to help out after a collision along Interstate 5 Saturday afternoon.
Washington State Patrol said a 74-year-old man struck a pickup and ran his car off the road along I-5. A 68-year-old woman was also inside of the vehicle.
Peggy Ray was on her way to pay her landlord when she immediately stopped along the road to help after seeing the crash.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson spoke with Ray about how she saw the car drive off I-5 and land in a water-filled ditch.
“I just see a white vehicle fly off the side of the road,” Ray said. “I was just thinking, ‘Oh my God. The car is smoking. We need to get these people out.’”
After getting out of her vehicle to help, someone asked Ray if she had anything to break a window to reach the man and woman.
When she went back to her vehicle, she left the passenger door open.
“This is actually what we busted the window out with,” said Ray.
Ray is currently training to be a nurse, and she was focused on helping the injured woman.
“My feet were in water as I was holding her like this trying to keep her stable,” said Ray.
After medics arrived at the scene, Ray returned to her vehicle to find an envelope removed from her purse, which contained $900 in cash that she had taken out of the bank to pay her rent.
“I grabbed the envelope and it was empty,” Ray said. “It’s disgusting. It’s the last thing I even thought about. It’s frustrating when you stop to help people, and somebody just takes from you like that.”
The man and woman hurt in the collision are expected to be OK.
State Patrol told KIRO 7 more than 20 people stopped at the collision scene.
Troopers are asking the public if anyone knows any information about the theft to call the State Patrol.