Good Samaritan Helps Injured Motorcyclist and Mom in Route 250 Crash in Penfield
By Will Cleveland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The motorcyclist and an occupant from the other vehicle were transported to the hospital for "serious injuries," according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Rockmaker said a 6-year-old boy was the one transported to Strong Memorial Hospital from the SUV.
"I didn't see the crash, but I heard it," said Rockmaker, who has lived on Penbrooke Drive for five years and worked as a nurse for the Veterans Health Association outpatient clinic on Westfall Road. "The motorcycle was going so fast. I knew it wasn't going to end well. As soon as I had that thought, I heard the crash."
Deputies couldn't confirm that Rockmaker was at the scene, but confirmed good Samaritans aided them.
"I could see him lying in the street," she said, "and the other car was pretty damaged. I'm a nurse, so it just kind of kicked in."
She ran to help. "It was very bad," she said. "… He was conscious, yelling that it hurts."
Rockmaker said she wanted to make sure the motorcyclist was stabilized before helping the family in the SUV. She said it was a young family with 6-year-old twin boys. First responders quickly arrived.
One of the twins was sitting behind the driver and was most seriously injured, she said. That was the section of the SUV that was most impacted by the collision.
Rockmaker helped the mother get out of the vehicle. "She didn't want to leave, but I was trying to calm her down. I said, 'I know it looks bad, but I think he's OK.' I just wanted to let paramedics do what they needed to do."
Rockmaker contacted one of the mom's friends to come to the scene to provide some comfort, too.
She said another woman, who is a volunteer EMT in the area, also helped the victims. "The two of us were working together," she said. "We were in the right place at the right time."
Speed appears to be a factor in the collision, according to Sgt. Andrew Tschorke of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Technicians from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office were on scene. The street was closed off nearly a mile from the scene. Route 250 was closed to traffic from Route 441 to Whalen Road for a few hours.
The Penfield Fire Department also responded to the collision. The investigation remains ongoing.