Pay it forward Friday: Man looking to thank woman who helped him in Colerain yesterday

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 18:05:27-04

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- It wasn’t the best commute home for David Hall when he ran out of gas on his ride home from Covington to Butler County, smack in the middle of rush hour.

Luckily, a Good Samaritan stopped and helped him, and he wants to pay it forward.

But first, he needs to find out who the person who aided him is, so he wrote into WCPO 9 On Your Side for help.

“I was headed home -- I have quite a long commute, I knew I was a little low on gas but I was convinced I could make it to my exit for fuel,” he said. “And much to my dismayed, when I pulled up I was out.”

It was right around 6 p.m. Thursday. Hall started making calls to get some help, and then a woman pulled up beside him.

“She’s like, do you have somebody coming for help, do you want help?” he explained. “And I was like, ‘Absolutely, this is great.’ So she took off and honestly I didn’t know what to think, I kinda thought, 'What is the chance a complete stranger is going to come back with gas and help me out?'”

As it turns out, the chance was pretty good -- and she returned about 20 minutes later with gas in a gas can, and helped Hall fill up.

“I offered to repay her, and she wouldn’t take payment,” he said. All she told him, according to Hall, is her name is Liz. She was wearing a University of Cincinnati sweatshirt.

“I just thought that it was such a cool thing that a complete stranger would stop at an unfortunate and inconvenient time,” he said.