STILLWELL, Kan. -- A Stillwell man was in the right place at the right time to save a young woman's life. She slammed into a tree and her car burst into flames.
The good Samaritan was on his way Downtown to pick up his daughter at the bus station. The accident happened at 2 a.m. on Saturday near 152nd & Kenneth Road. Ralph Maser and two other people carried the victim to safety after the crash.
"My daughter was coming home from University of Iowa for spring break," he said.
That's why he was driving at that late hour. His plans changed a couple of minutes into his drive.
"First thing I did was open the front door just so the smoke could come out, the windshield was starting to melt," Maser said.
The driver was somewhere between her late teens to early 20's and she wasn't moving.
"As I was pulling her out, she grabbed the steering wheel and I said 'let go baby, you gotta let go sweetheart, I can't pull you out if you're holding on to the steering wheel'," he said.
He tore her fingers off the wheel and pulled her out. Two other good Samaritans helped him carry her. It was then that police arrived on the scene. The officer ran right to them. Seconds later rescue crews arrived. Even though Maser had to go pick up his daughter, he continued to think about the woman.
"I'm Christian so I prayed 'just thank you Lord for allowing me to be,'" he said.
He also thought about his own kids who are around the woman's age that he saved. Despite his heroic efforts, he wished he'd done two more things. First, he was focused on the driver and didn't look for anyone else.
"I know I would have looked for a wallet or something like that because I have no idea who she is and I'd love to know how she is and how she's doing and all that stuff," he said.
Police haven't released the woman's name or condition. Police told FOX 4 that she wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Ralph Maser.