Nikki Kendrick says she saw a man lying in a puddle of blood just yards from where her car was. Terrified she says she just followed her gut.
"The only thing I knew to do was to go check on him and I knew not to touch him. So, I knelt down beside him and I was talking to 911 and I kept telling them you've got to get here 'cause his face is really white. It's very pale," she explains.
Kendrick says in those crucial moments waiting with the victim, she had two thoughts: One was how young the man looked; the other what if it were her twenty year old daughter.
Kendrick says, "I just kept talking to him and telling him to hold on and everything was going to be ok, that I wasn't going to leave him. I just started to kind of rub the back of his head to comfort him and he opened his eyes and the next thing I know, he quit breathing."
According to Kendrick, she was the only one trying to help the young man , but could hear the sirens blaring in the distance. Within minutes, first responders were on the scene. There, they found 22 year old Kenneth Simons lying face down after what investigators say was a hit and run. An act Kendrick says isn't fit for a rodent much less a human being or someone's son.
"You see animals hit on the side of the road every day. All the time. And you see people get out. They have more compassion for animals than they do actual humans," she adds.
And while Columbia County investigators worked to find answers, Kendrick says she's been consumed with worry for the young man whose name and condition she still knew little about. But she wants Simons and his family to know that he did not go through that experience alone.
She says, "I just want him to know that as soon as I saw him I got out of my car and I sat down beside him and I tried... I tried to comfort him."
Simons is still in critical condition at GRU Medical Center. Count on us here at News Channel 6 to continue following this story as it develops.
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