Crash survivor seeks Good Samaritans who saved her

Crash survivor seeks Good Samaritans who saved her

RENTON, Wash. -- An 80-year-old Renton woman says she's alive because of the kind hearts of three Good Samaritans.

Faye Janders calls the three strangers her heroes. They spotted her car, deep in a wooded ravine, after she careened off Highway 167's off ramp to the 212th Street exit.

"I tried to stop it, but I couldn't," Janders said.

From her Harborview hospital bed, Janders remembered the day she said she almost died.

"The car was going thru the bushes. It was bouncing and I couldn't stop it," she said.

Doctors think she may have fainted behind the wheel from low blood pressure. She wonders if she hydroplaned.

"Water was coming in the car 'cause it was a drainage ditch," she said. "Had I not gotten out I could have been in real real trouble."

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon, and Janders still doesn't know how her car landed on its side in a deep ravine, hidden by the thick brush.

"I said I have to try to get my head out that window to see if anybody sees me and there were three men on the shoulder of the road," Janders said.

They told her help was on the way.

"I called back and said thank you and said please don't leave me here alone, just don't leave me," she said.

They never left, and Janders never forgot.

"I surely, really would like to find them and at least say thank you so much for saving my life," she said.

The worst of her injuries include a brain injury so severe it required brain surgery.  She's been at Harborview since the May 3 crash.

"When my mom woke up in the ICU from brain surgery, the first thing she said is she wants to find those three men to thank them," said Janice Janders, Faye's daughter.

Janice has been keeping a bedside vigil with daily runs to the hospital.

"I want to know what happened too. I want to thank these men and ask them if they can tell us what happened," she said.

Janice says her mother's quest to find her Good Samaritans began the day of the crash in the back of the ambulance. She didn't realize at the time, but Janice's camera phone rolled on their trip to the hospital. On it, you can see Faye being treated and hear her telling her daughter about the men who saved her.

"Three guys on side of road and they hollered we called 911," she said.

Faye says these days most people don't want to get involved, and when someone takes the time to help, they need to be thanked.

"I realized without those men I might not be here, really," she said.

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