Monday, August 1, 2011

2 men suing woman they saved: They blame her for fiery crash that led to their injuries

When David Kelley saw the bumper — headlights and all — lying in the roadway, it clicked that something was wrong.

The gray smoke rolling up from the highway embankment cemented his worry.

His buddy, Mark Kinkaid, was driving and saw the same things. Kinkaid slammed on the brakes, stopped his truck along Rt.  23 in Marion County, and the two men jumped out.

They hopped a barbed-wire fence, knocked down trees and brush, half ran and half slid down the steep highway embankment, and rushed the flaming Hummer.

Kelley said in an interview last week that he still remembers the woman’s screams: “  ‘Help me! Help me! Help me!’ Over and over and over, that’s all I could hear.”

Kinkaid and Kelley didn’t know who was inside, but they knew they had to get to her. They fought their way into the vehicle, wrenched a door open and pulled Theresa Tanner out, saving her from certain death.

That was on March 11, 2009, and now both men are suing Tanner, saying that the crash was her fault and that they both suffered permanent and disabling injuries in rescuing her. (more)