Former Florida Paramedic Critically Injured Helping Motorcyclist

Former Florida Paramedic Critically Injured Helping Motorcyclist

News Oct 03, 2006

A Good Samaritan is in critical condition after trying to help out an injured motorcyclist early Wednesday.

Police said that Roy Reynolds Jr., 51, saw motorcycle rider Carl King, 45, lose control and crash on Lem Turner Road just before 6 a.m. and stopped his car.

Reynolds, who used to be a paramedic, rushed to help King. He was kneeling down trying to help the rider when a vehicle struck him.

Both men were taken to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center. King was treated and released. Reynolds is in critical condition as of Thursday morning.

King said he was on his way to work when he said he hit the brakes hard to avoid a car and was thrown off his motorcycle.

"I took a hard fall and I rolled and I rolled and banged my head all over the concrete," King told Channel 4's Emily Pantelides.

King said Reynolds came to his aid, then went to get help and call King's wife, "but he never came back."

Police said that speed was not a factor in the accident and the driver did not see either man in the street because it was still dark outside and they were both wearing dark clothes.

"You've got a concerned, contentious individual who's trained to help people in these instances finding himself struggling for his life, as well," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson said.

King said he had never met Reynolds, but now feels a connection with him.

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"He came up and he tried to help me and ended up getting hurt," King said. "I want to meet him and get to know him ... tell him 'thank you,' maybe we become friends because he came to my aid; he was looking out for my best interest."

While King left the hospital in casts and bandages, he thinks he is still alive because he was wearing a helmet.

The southbound lanes of Lem Turner were closed for about two hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.

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