Would You Help A Stranded Motorist? - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

02/19/05 - Angelina County

Would You Help A Stranded Motorist?

by Chris Cato

It happens to the best of us while we're driving along the road. All of a sudden, you get nothing from your car. You are now at the mercy of passerbys, but will they stop?

Good luck on having someone pull over to help you out. People on these East Texas roads are kind of afraid not knowing who you are and what you can do. We were on the side of the road for about ten minutes before we had somebody pull over to help.

"I don't know what happened to my truck but it just stopped and I'm not quite sure what's going on with it so...," said our stranded motorist.

Raymond Womack, a man who stopped to help asked, "you're just driving down the road and it quit?"

"Yeah," replied the stranded motorist.

Ramond said, "most people are just too afraid to stop and talk to somebody, especially on the side of the road. Especially here because there's so many crazy people that drive up and down these roads."

Raymond said the only reason he stopped is because he's been broken down on the side of Highway 59 as well, and it took him a while to flag down some help. It was a good thing he stopped for us, because it was another long wait for help the second time, even our stranded volunteer was getting agitated. Somebody eventually came to his rescue.

Our stranded motorist said, "I can't get my truck to start. I'm not a car person, so I'm not sure what's wrong with it."

When we talked to the good samaritan, he told us that even with this situation, he had to think about it before deciding to stop.

Dave Bailey, the man who stopped to help said, "I look the situation over, if there is 4 or 5 guys standing around with their hands on their hips I don't stop."

Our stranded volunteer said after his roadside experience, he plans on stopping for others in the future, but he still has his reservations. As do many on the East Texas highways.

So what should you do if you're worried about pulling over to help someone? Some say the best advice is to just carry a cell phone, that way you can call officers to help the person if you're not sure about stopping.

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