KENT, Wash. - KIRO 7 spoke to a man who helped save the life of a young woman involved in a severe crash in Kent last weekend.
The Washington State Patrol said 23-year-old Megan Parish was driving on northbound SR 167 south of 212th Street sometime after 2:15 a.m. when her car flew off the highway into the brush embankment, clipped a tree and rolled over several times. It came to rest on a restricted access road.
Authorities say Parish, who was ejected from her Toyota Scion, was lying on the ground for as long as six hours before good Samaritan Chanler McPherson came along at about 8 a.m.
McPherson, a truck driver, says he was making his way to his workplace Sunday morning up when he saw the extremely battered Scion, searched around and found Parish.
“I was able to comfort her and tell her that help was on the way, that I was there for her and I wasn't going to leave her; she was going to be all right. I ran to my truck and I got a blanket and I covered her up and I was on the phone with 911 the entire time,” said McPherson.
McPherson said all the doors on the car were shut, the windows were smashed and the airbags had deployed. McPherson said when he found Parish, her head was bleeding and a pool of blood was at her feet, perhaps as if she had crawled.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was like a movie. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw somebody just lying there. If I had been there any later she would not have made it,” McPherson said.
Parish’s parents said Megan sustained severe injuries, but also said McPherson’s one decision made the difference.
“I call him her saving angel,” Megan’s mother, Kathryn Parish, said Tuesday.
The Parish’s planned to introduce McPherson to Megan on Tuesday afternoon.
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