Good Samaritan reunites mother-daughter amid winter storm

Many of those people who left behind their cars made it home, thanks to the help of a complete stranger.
February 14, 2014 1:43:00 AM PST
Some people who left behind their cars on the side of the road during Wednesday's winter storm made it home, thanks to the help of complete strangers.

One woman says a random person helped her, and then helped her find her mom.

Jenna Crane and Andrea Crane work in the same doctor's office, and left work just as it started to snow.

A trip that would normally take 25 minutes took the two five hours and a little help from a man they do not even know.

"Maybe we probably shouldn't have even gone in to work yesterday," Andrea said.

Andrea and her daughter Jenna can laugh about their horror story with a happy ending.

White out conditions and gridlocked traffic is what every corner of the Triangle looked like around 1 p.m. Wednesday, which is when Jenna decided to follow her mom home from work.

"When I had her on the phone I kept saying this is bad, and she would say, 'oh no, no think positively.' And then like two, three hours later I'm like this is bad," Jenna said.

They normally drive Lake Boone Trail to the Beltline and get off at Wake Forest Road, but Andrea got off at Six Forks Road instead. She separated from Jenna, being stuck on the Falls of Neuse Bridge.

"I was able to get to where the meeting point of those two roads was and I wasn't going to let her walk up a snowy hill alone," Jenna said.

As Jenna abandoned her car, a man she only remembers as Graham showed up.

"Graham. Yeah he pulled up in a really nice pickup truck," she said.

Graham reunited the pair, who were able to finish their drive home about 10 minutes away at that point.

"I wish I knew more about him," she said.

In addition to thanking Graham, both say these drivers and their employers probably should have taken weather warnings more seriously.

"When people say don't be on the road or be where you need to be by noon today, I think we should trust that," Jenna said.

She says Graham, their Good Samaritan, told her he had been helping people all afternoon. It is the same "help your neighbor" attitude many other Triangle residents have seen the last 24 hours.

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