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As Charles Sharp was flying over the top of his motorcycle’s handlebars in the wee hours of the dark morning last Wednesday, he said a prayer that God would protect him from the inevitable impact he was about to endure.
While Charles, 51, of Mount Eden, did have a rough landing after he unavoidably crashed into a deer around 4:18 a.m., he does believe he got an answer to his prayer. Two pedestrians — whose identities are still a mystery — stopped on the side of Ky. 55 to assist Charles. He said he does remember that one was a man and the other was a woman, and both assisted him until emergency personnel arrived on the scene around 4:30 a.m. Charles said he collided with the deer after checking his rearview mirror in an attempt to change lanes. When his eyes came back to the roadway, the deer was too close to avoid. He was on his way to work in Louisville when the crash occurred.
“I hit him and went over the top of him,” Charles said. “When I got up, these people were coming up the road. I was waving them down. This man stopped, he drug the motorcycle out of the road and kept his vehicle parked in the middle. He helped me to the guard rail. Then this lady stopped and checked on me and then she went back to the car to get a rag. Blood was pouring out of my head.”
Charles’ wife, Joyce Sharp, said she does not believe her husband would be alive today had it not been for the mystery assistant who applied pressure to her husband’s head. Charles sustained a bone-deep gash to his head that required seven staples.
“The doctor said some people don’t even lose that much blood and don’t make it,” Joyce said. “I think God put them there to help him, because if it wasn’t for that lady holding pressure, he would have lost too much blood.”
Charles was transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville by Spencer County EMS and was later released. He was treated for his head injury, and had extensive swelling in his hands and right leg. But the good news is that Charles is going to be alright, and he will be able to return to work. The Sharps attribute much of Charles’ positive outcome to the two passersby who assisted at the scene, but did not leave their names.
“I’d just like to let them know that I really appreciate them stopping and helping me,” Charles said. “I’d like to know who they were so I could thank them. I never had the time to thank them up there. There aren’t too many people who stop and help.”
Spencer County Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said it is not that uncommon for motorists to stop and help at accident scenes, but that it is important that they provide the proper assistance.
“In most cases, as long as the person’s at a safe place at the time, you try not to move them in case of a neck or spine injury,” Stump said.
Stump reiterated that anyone assisting at an accident scene before emergency personnel arrive should try to avoid moving the injured. He said that if the victim has a laceration, applying direct pressure to the wound with a cloth is advised.
“A lot of times you’d be surprised how many times you have an RN or a doctor stop to offer assistance,” Stump said. “You wouldn’t think there’d be that many nurses and medical professionals going up and down the highway, but from time to time, I’ve actually had a doctor show up.”
Stump encouraged as many community members as possible to become CPR and first aid certified.
“You never know what time of day or what month you might use that, even on your own family,” Stump said. “When you’re certified in CPR/first aid, that helps the liability issues that go along with rendering aid to people.”
Charles said last Wednesday’s motorcycle commute was the last he would ever make on his bike, which he has been riding since he was a child.
“I’ve rode motorcycles ever since I was a little kid,” Charles said. “This was my first accident. It’ll be the first time and the last time because I’ll never have another one. That’s it for me. If you make it through (an accident), you don’t ever want another.”
Charles and Joyce agree they hope to find out who the individuals were who assisted at the accident scene last Wednesday. Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Sharp family at 502-639-7083.