Wake Forest teen says two Good Samaritans saved her life


On November 8, two Good Samaritans stopped to help Makenzi Stecker and a friend when the car she was in went careening off the road.

Stecker, 17, has broken bones and scars, but believes she would not have been alive had it not been for two 19-year-old heroes.

"Looking at pictures of the car, I shouldn't have walked away from that accident," Stecker told ABC11.

Stecker and her friend Jason went off the road and through the guardrail, dropping 15 to 20 feet. She says they were going too fast on Pulley Town Road in Wake Forest and lost control while passing a car coming the other way.

Stecker blacked out and did not know until later that two people in the car behind them had stopped to help until EMS arrived. One even held her hand.

"The fact that they actually planned it well enough so one was up there flagging EMS and one actually came down to help us, I think that's something special...both are definitely heroes in my mind,"she said.

Stecker's mom contacted ABC11 with the feel good story that she says sheds a positive light on young people.

"Here these are, young kids, and that, regardless, they didn't have to stop, yeah they're witnesses and they should have, but they didn't have to stop," said Connie DeMars, Stecker's mom.

Nonetheless, the two Good Samaritans do not consider themselves heroes, and they declined an interview.

However, Stecker and her family believe the two young men are a big part of why she is able to look forward to her future.

Stecker will graduate high school early this December and is looking to enroll in a college in the spring. She said she is not letting this recovery derail her plans of graduating early.

"My story definitely isn't done...I don't think you have to put your life on hold, I think it's more of altering your path, but you'll get it done, just in a different way," she said.

The driver, Jason, is still in the hospital with a concussion and two broken legs, but will be okay.

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