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Student Helps Crash Victims

17-year-old Reynolds High School Junior, Jaycie Spooner was driving down US-74A when she saw the wreck.

"I was on my way to my softball game and I came down the hill and I saw the car come across," she said. Spooner who's taking nursing classes at Reynolds High said her instincts and desire to always help others kicked in. "The very first thing I did was come up to the car and talk to the Mom."

34-year-old Ashley Marshall was behind the wheel and had numerous fractured bones, but she was conscious. Her 19-month-old daughter Dylan Dickinson, Spooner said, "barely had a pulse. I called 911."

Spooner had crawled into the car to help the little girl but she knew not to move either accident victim in case they suffered spinal injuries.

"Moving them could make things worse," said Spooner. She kept talking with Marshall to make sure she stayed awake. Highway Patrol officers on the scene were also impressed with Spooner's calm demeanor and ability to take charge as a nurse would in an emergency.

"I've known I wanted to be a nurse since I was eight. I had a special needs brother and ever since he was born I knew I wanted to help people."

Spooner did as much as she could, but both victims were taken to Mission hospital. As of Friday night, Marshall was in fair condition but her daughter Dylan remained in critical. Family said doctors were meeting Friday night to determine what medical steps to take next for the child.  Spooner said both she and her entire family have had the victims on their minds ever since the accident Wednesday.

"I just want them to know we've been praying for them and everyone in my whole family has been praying for them every night ."


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