TWO friends whose first aid skills saved the life of a manwho lost his leg in a horrific crash near Meriden, have received a police award.
Craig Botton, aged 20, and Hannah Bonsor, 30, were returning from a Westlife concert when they stopped the car and sprang into action at the scene of the crash on the Birmingham Road.
The man was lying stricken in the road, blood pouring from his leg. Moments earlier he had been forced to get out of his vehicle when it had broken down and push it along the carriageway. But near the junction with Maxstoke Lane he was hit by a lorry and dragged down the road for several metres. His leg was severed below the knee.
Craig’s mum Christine, who was with the pair at the time, said: “It was just horrendous, the only way I can describe it was the leg looked as if it had been bitten off. I couldn’t go near it, but Craig and Hannah took charge.
“They managed to grab a leather belt from another driver and made a torniquet. All the time they were talking to him, trying to keep him calm. They even phoned his dad to tell him what had happened. I’m very proud of them, Craig was only 18 at the time, at sixth-form, and the only first aid training he’d done before was for the Duke of Edinburgh award.”
The quick-thinking pair, from Coventry, were honoured for their actions, on March 25, 2011, at a West Midlands Police ceremony last week.
PC Paul Cope, who nominated them for the Chief Constable’s Award, said: “Both remained with the victim, reassuring him and providing care, until the arrival of paramedics. Surgeons have said that it was the actions of our public spirited pair which saved the man’s life.”
The driver of the lorry was arrested and later found guilty of driving without due care and attention. He was fined £1,000 and banned from driving for 12 months. Two years after the incident, the victim is still recovering from his injuries.