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Motorists Provide Aid in Deadly Accident

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We now know the identities of those who lost their lives this afternoon in the crash.

A Brooklet couple-- Stephen and Camie Joyner-- were killed when a pickup truck crossed the median and crashed into their vehicle. The couple's three year old daughter and two others were injured in the accident.

It happened a little after 2 P.M. in the westbound lanes just before the Veterans Parkway exit. Interstate 516 was closed in all directions, creating traffic delays all over town.

It was a horrific image, but one got a better look at than those that saw it happen.

We all driven down the road and see an accident, but it's rare to be one of the first on scene.

Many motorists were in the right place at the right time this afternoon. Tonight I spoke to a woman who was able to lend a helping hand and much needed aid to the couple's little girl before first responders arrived.

"You can either pull over and try to help, or you can just keep driving and pretend it doesn't exist."

It's not every day you see an accident like this one. Randi Hempel was on her way back to work from lunch, but knew she was needed here.

"I saw what looked like it could have been smoke, like maybe it was a brush fire. As I got close, I saw that it was a horrific car accident and there were not any first responders on scene yet and some people had pulled over to help."

Motorists were tending to the other victims, but there was something—or someone—who caught Hempel's eye.

"There were two different vehicles that had people that were injured. From one, there was a gentleman already on the ground. And the other had a couple in it, in the front seat. A nurse named Rebecca, pulled over about the same time I did and we realized there was a three year old in the back seat."

It ended up being the child that needed Hempel's help the most.

"We took her out of the car and on to the embankment on the side of the road and the nurse checked her out."

The little girl was traveling with her parents, who died on scene. Hemple and the others did their best to calm the child.

"She was asking for her parents, and I just tried to change the subject. I was singing to her, asking her name and how old she was, and if she had any dogs; just something to take her mind off of everything. We also turned her so she couldn't see what was going on and just try to shield her from everything."

It's times like this that tests one's courage, but for Hempel and the others on scene, it's easy when there are others in need.

"We cleaned her face off because she did have some blood and shards of glass on her. But overall, she seemed okay and we just kept her talking and distracted. It's one of those things where you say a prayer and hope that people are okay."

The little girl is said to be in stable condition at Memorial University Medical Center.

Irven Williams, a motorcyclist, is also being treated for injuries sustained from the accident.

The driver that caused the crash is 22 year old Trever Cannon of Bloomingdale-- he is listed in serious but stable condition.

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