Family of teen accident victim to meet good Samaritan

By Anna Carrera

Published 11/13 2013 06:25PM

Updated 11/14 2013 01:23PM

Update: 10:02 pm
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- An Urbana teen will meet the good Samaritan who saved his life. 18-year old Damon Stillman needed 60 stitches after a car crash on I-74.

He couldn't use his cell phone to call 911, but a man stopped to help and ended up taking Stillman to the hospital. Doctors say Stillman could have died without the man's help.

Stillman and his family found the good Samaritan through Facebook. They can't wait to meet Kent Ferguson Saturday to say thanks.
Original: 6:25 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- A good Samaritan helped a teen get to the emergency room after a car crash on I-74 Monday night. But, then the man left without telling anyone who he was. Damon Stillman is out of the hospital, recovering from serious injuries, but he's also focused on finding the man who saved his life. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has the story.

His family has been trying to find the mystery man for a few days. They've reached out to people anyway they can. Damon's uncle posted a status on Facebook which was shared more than 2,000 times in less than 24 hours. Finally, Wednesday, they got the answer.

"I just hit a patch of ice and it made me fishtail, kind of sideways, and I went straight into the concrete median," said Damon. 

Damon's Nissan pick-up truck is too old for airbags. Even though he was wearing a seat belt, the momentum of the crash sent him flying into the windshield.

"Yeah, I was freaking out pretty bad," said Damon. "Took my coat off and pressed it against my head because I was bleeding profusely there."

Damon stayed conscious through the pain, but couldn't call for help because the impact broke his phone.

"A guy stopped on the side of the road and he was going to call for me, but his phone was dead as well," said Damon. 

So that man drove Damon to the ER in his own car, where he could finally call his mom.

"He just called me and let me know he got in a wreck and had a small cut on his head and thought he might have broken his leg and he was at the hospital," said Damon's mom Tamara Franklin. 

That "small cut" sliced two major arteries, leaving Damon with 60 stitches.

"I have about ten stitches inside my head to help the arteries heal and fifty or so on the outside," said Damon. 

"By the time we got there, the gentleman was gone," said Tamara. 

Even though he left, Damon's family didn't give up. After sharing Facebook statuses for days, they found their good Samaritan. With this experience behind them, the family says they're counting their blessings.

Damon's uncle found out the man who saved Damon is Kent Ferguson, of Urbana. Damon says all he wants to do is say thanks and plans to do that as soon as he can.

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