Army veteran smashes window in Raleigh to save driver in car crash

September 12, 2013 4:14:19 AM PDT
There was an emotional reunion between an Army veteran and the Durham woman whose life he saved Wednesday morning.

Sergio Godoy, a former medic, took his battlefield training from Iraq to the beltline when the Cynthia Reid had a medical emergency and crashed her car.

ABC11 was there when Godoy and Reid met.

"Thank you so much Sergio," said Reid. "It could have been much worse for me."

"Sorry about the window," said Godoy.

He's sorry about the window. It's the one he broke to get into Reid's car to save her life on his way to work.

"I-440 off Glenwood Avenue, we saw a lady who was swerving to the right, she went off the road," said Godoy. "I saw her head start bobbing."

Godoy saw Reid having convulsions, and would later find out that she was having a seizure.

"All the doors were locked," he said. "I saw she leaned completely over and blood started coming out of her mouth."

So Godoy broke the window to get in, and still had to completely stop the car.

"I grabbed a hold of her head, put it straight, and made sure she wasn't swallowing her tongue," said Godoy.

He then stayed with Reid until help arrived.

Until Wednesday evening, Reid still had no idea what exactly had happened to her, or who had saved her life.

"A lot of people just go on about their business and say whatever will be, will be," said Reid. "We need more people like Sergio, and hopefully one day I can do the same for someone."

However, Sergio, who did two tours in Iraq, and is trained to react, says there's no way he could have kept on driving.

Reid says she hasn't had a seizure in two years. She was returning from a funeral in New York, and assumes the stress from travel may have gotten to her.

She's fine now, and is feeling very thankful.

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