Residents' Action Saves Driver

From: The Ledger

The life of an unconscious driver was saved Friday morning by three residents who pulled him from his car and administered CPR until help arrived.

The driver, William Lee Joyner, 66, of Winter Haven apparently had a medical emergency when his car crashed into another vehicle in a Winter Haven driveway at 419 Ave. A N.E. and came to rest against a wall of the house, Winter Haven police reported.

Two people inside the house, Noah Boykin and Jessica Kane, pulled Joyner, who wasn't breathing, from the car.

Shakira Ford, who lives at 411 Ave. A N.E. and was on her way to work, heard the crash, rushed over and administered CPR until emergency medical workers arrived, according to Winter Haven police.

Police said Joyner was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Because of the assistance of the residents and neighbors, Joyner was breathing on his own when an ambulance took him to Winter Haven Hospital, police said. He was in critical condition Friday night.

All three rescuers need to be applauded, said Jamie Brown, the Police Department's public information officer.

"Had anyone not been at home, nobody could have realized he was there," Brown said.

None of the three citizen rescuers could be reached for comment Friday evening.

Joyner's vehicle, a Ford Escort LX, sideswiped an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot at 411 E. Central Ave. before continuing through the parking lot and plowing through a 3-foot-tall hedge.

The vehicle then crashed into a Chevy TrailBlazer at the house on Avenue A.

Police said the force of the crash pushed the Chevy about 3 feet. It stopped on the outside wall of the house and did not go through the wall. No one in the house was hurt.