Alaska State Troopers credit two Fairbanks men with assisting a woman after a single-vehicle rollover near the Parks Highway Tuesday.
Fairbanks Troopers received a report at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday of a single-vehicle collision involving a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer. First responders found the vehicle in a snow bank, having rolled twice, with driver Evangeline Maxon, 54 of Fairbanks, being watched over by two passers-by, according to reports.
Naoki Kukuu, 35, and Ishmael Agae, 22, stayed with Maxon until she was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to troopers, Kukuu covered Maxon with his own sleeping bag as she lay in the snow, held by Agae to support her neck. Agae, dressed only in a short sleeved shirt and pants, continued to sit with her in the snow as she was assessed by paramedics.
It was that moment and time where I felt like I should do something and pull over and help that lady out," says Agae. "I was told not to move an injured person out of a vehicle, but looking in her eyes she was really scared and she tried crawling out but she couldn't. So I told her she needs to keep calm and I carried her out of the car."
Fairbanks troopers say Kukuu and Agae’s aid in this situation “directly contributed to Maxon’s well-being and safety.”
AST spokesperson Megan Peters recognized the two men's efforts Saturday.
“Their response was very good for her considering the conditions," Peters said. "I certainly commend them for their actions in the community.”
While some accidents may require the immediate attention of professional medical personnel, Peters says that if someone sees a need that they can fill for someone in a similar situation, they can be a great benefit to the victim in the present -- and perhaps prevent further injury in Alaska’s harsh conditions.