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Carrollton family needs help finding Good Samaritan who helped after head-on crash

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CARROLLTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three months ago, a Carrollton family's car was hit head-on, on their way home from lunch. Now, they’re asking for help finding the one person who stayed with them moments after the crash.

"It was February 26th, 2014 on a Wednesday," said Nicole Wise recalling the accident that happened less than a mile from their home in Carrollton.

"It was almost slow motion,” she said. “I seen him coming across and I even asked my husband 'what is he doing, is he going to go back over?’ He just didn't stop."

The family was heading home from lunch when Kentucky State Police say Donald Jeffries, 51, crossed the center line on Highway 36 hitting them head-on. He’s now in jail and faces charges of DUI and assault.

"He was hardly hurt you know, my family's been changed forever," said Wise.

Just minutes after the accident, a stranger stopped and stayed with the family until paramedics arrived. Wise says her family is now looking for that woman who became a Good Samaritan.

"It was a very cold day,” said Wise, “and of course we was in the car and didn't have our coats on. She took Sydney and put her in her car with her and stayed with her and kept the heat on so Sydney could be warm.”

All this before paramedics arrived on scene.

"And she stayed there and held my hand and talked to me, I was freaking out, it was scary," said Wise, who was later put on a stretcher by a volunteer rescue crew to wait for the ambulance.

"She eventually cleaned the back of her SUV out and had her seats laid down and had them put me in the back of her truck so that I could stay warm," she said.

All three family members were flown to the hospital in separate helicopters.

They each had several broken bones and stayed in the hospital for more than two weeks. Recovery will take months, if not years.

But the one thing on their mind now is finding the woman they know only as "Mary”.

"She had very short hair,” said Wise. “She drove an SUV, I'm sure it was black, I'm pretty sure she told me she was from Indiana."

The Good Samaritan might not have saved their lives, but Wise says she provided comfort and kindness to complete strangers.

"It was amazing how she treated me and it really gets to me that she took care of my daughter when we couldn't," she said.

If you know "Mary” and can help connect her to the family so they can say thank you – email me at

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