RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A Chesterfield family owes their lives to a good Samaritan after running their car off the road and landing 25 feet down a snow covered embankment.
The driver of that car, 37-year old Kevin Walker, is charged with DUI and felony child endangerment. His 5-year-old twins were in the car with him.
State Police Sgt. Chris Clark said of the accident, "Passing traffic can't see it. We couldn't have seen it."
Had it not been for the quick thinking of one man, we would be telling a very different story. State Police said Sunday night Kevin Walker ran his 2001 Saturn off I-95 North near the Pocahontas Interchange. It plummeted down a steep, snow covered embankment and finally landed upside down in a creek. Walker and his 5-year-old twins were trapped.
Just as he passed by, truck driver Joseph Weavil saw the car nose-dive over the guardrail. He immediately pulled over and called State Police. Sgt. Chris Clark was first on the scene of what became a challenging rescue.
"There's about a 20 or 25 foot wall here," said Clark. "It's a drop so, I knew I safely couldn't drop down here."
Weavil helped Sgt. Clark make it down the hill and directed other emergency crews to the scene.
Clark said Weavil,"…stepped up to the plate and was more than willing to help."
The 37-year-old driver and his twins were sitting inside the roof of the car, waiting for help. They were all taken to the hospital, but amazingly, are said to be okay.
"With the conditions last night, as cold as it was, it would have been a sad end to the story," Clark said.
Walker faces one charge of driving under the influence and two felony counts of child endangerment.