Good Samaritan saves woman after crash

FRIENDSHIP, Ind. -- Ripley County deputies credited a good Samaritan with helping save a woman who was injured in a car crash early Saturday.

Gary Trowbridge said he was in the right place at the right time.

"Sometimes the good Lord puts you where he needs you," Trowbridge said.

Just after 8 a.m. Saturday, he was driving on Cave Hill Road in Friendship like he does every day.

"It's a pretty narrow road," he said. "Mostly you just see deer and turkeys."

But this time was different. As Trowbrudge drove, he came across a car that had crashed into a tree. Inside, 29-year-old Jillian Back was seriously hurt.

"Her head was slumped over and I hollered and she popper her head back up, but it was pretty bad," Trowbridge said. "There was quite a considerable amount of blood."

First responders said Back was driving on Cave Hill Road at about 12:45 a.m. when she swerved to avoid a deer. She went over the hillside and slammed into a tree, causing serious injuries.

For nearly eight hours, Back was left stranded and alone. But once Trowbridge found her, he stayed right by her side until first responders arrived.

"If you see somebody drowning in a pond, you're not gioing to stop and wait," he said. "You're going to jump in and help them, and that's all I did."

Back was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Officials said she's expected to make a full recovery.

Coincidentally, Trowbridge said he's known Back and her family since she was young. He said he's not a hero, more like a good neighbor.

"If you can help, you're going to do what you can," he said.

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