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EXCLUSIVE: Good Samaritan describes giving CPR to accident victim

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Good Samaritan, who stopped at an accident scene at Belvidere and Spring Streets in Richmond is now credited with saving the victim's life. Viewers who emailed NBC12 are thankful Trevor Ballif was driving on Belvidere Street Monday night. They call him a hero, but Ballif says he was just in the right place at the right time. Now, he's the one who is grateful he was able to help.

A motorcycle in the middle of the road and pieces of plastic strewn about made up the scene right in front of Trevor Ballif's car.

"Seconds feel like minutes," he said.  "You just feel all alone out there."

Ballif was on his way to work at McGuire Medical Center. He never imagined the turn his commute would take.

"I'm in my scrubs and my ID badge and I'm going up there and everyone is now looking to me to fix him," he recalled.

The respiratory therapist handles situations like this in the hospital on a regular basis, but never before on the streets.

"He wasn't blinking at all," Ballif described. "I knelt down beside him and I was asking him is he ok, is he ok, and he wasn't responding at all. He was blue and I could see he wasn't breathing."

In a frantic effort to save the man's life, Ballif started compressions.

"Car versus motorcycle, motorcycle loses," Ballif said. "So it's pretty serious and being the fact that he wasn't breathing and his heart wasn't beating I didn't think this would be good."

He remembers doing CPR for about five minutes.

"Right before EMS got there his color changed from blue to kind of white and then he pinked right up," Ballif explained. "It was just an unbelievable feeling."

Tuesday, NBC12 gave Ballif more incredible news. The victim is expected to survive and has now been upgraded to stable condition.

"Wow, it's just amazing," he reacted. "I'm just surprised but so happy for him."

Ballif says he's not sure what he would say to the victim if they ever got the chance to meet, but knows that man has a long road to full recovery ahead of him.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash was charged with reckless driving.

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