They call him guardian angel and good Samaritan. He is a mysterious young man whose name was never learned, and Phoenix police and a 73-year-old woman and her family would like to find and thank him.
Phoenix police posted the story of the woman, who was a car crash victim, and the man who became her hero on the department's official Facebook page Monday.
Tuesday, a friend identified 19-year-old Lucas Robinson as the 'mystery man.'
"As I was running toward her, I took my belt off and I dove down to her. So I wrapped my belt around her arm, her bicep area, and I tightened it. Turned it as hard as I could and I wrapped it a couple of times, tightening it again," said Robinson.
Doctors say that likely saved her life. She was rushed to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital where part of her arm had to be amputated.
"I was just holding her. Trying to keep her calm," said Robinson.
The woman, Joann Lang, was driving along Bell Road on Thursday afternoon and began to turn onto Third Avenue when her car was struck by another vehicle. The impact caused Joan's car to overturn and spin multiple times before coming to rest on the driver's side.
During the crash, one of Joan's arms had flailed out of the open driver's window and was pinned by the wreckage. Blood flowed profusely from her nearly severed arm.
Tuesday, after being identified, Robinson met Leon Lang, Joann's husband, the first responding Phoenix Police officer and the trauma doctor who worked on Joann when she first arrived at the hospital.
"You're a good man, okay," said Leon Lang to Robinson.
"I've got your belt," he continued, while giving the 19-year-old a hug.
Joann volunteers with "Airman's Attic," a group that helps retired military personnel. In fact, she was on her way to pick up donations for the organization when the crash occurred.
Leon Lang said he hopes Robinson stays in touch with the family. Joann still has Robinson's belt. Her husband says she wants to personally return it.
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