NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) — It was a witness who ran to the scene of a tragic motorcycle crash in New Castle on Monday night who helped save the rider’s life.
“The only thing he kept saying was, ‘Please don’t let me die. I have to be here for my son,'” NorRelle Adams said.
The Brookfield woman was the first one to see Aaron Windhorst lying on the ground after his motorcycle crashed with an SUV on Highland Avenue.
“I just heard ‘Bang!’ and I seen in my rear view mirror, I just seen stuff flying everywhere,” Adams said.
She pulled over and ran to help him. Adams immediately saw it was worse than she thought.
“His motorcycle was down and I went to talk to him, and he said, ‘My leg’s gone! Why did I have to lose my leg?’ And I looked down and it was just pumping blood,” she said.
Windhorst’s leg was severed by the SUV.
Adams’ years as an EMT trainee kicked into action. She used her daughter’s jacket to stop the bleeding.
“This is your femoral artery,” she said. “That’s what I needed to close off.”
While another witness helped Windhorst’s passenger, Kim Cook, down the street, Adams held the jacket in place until first responders arrived.
“I just kept telling him that he’s a very strong man, and just to stay alert and stay with me for his son,” she said.
Doctors worked to repair Windhorst’s leg but the damage was just too severe.
“He said, ‘Why did I have to lose my leg? How am I supposed to work to support my son?'” Adams said.
Currently, both Windhorst and Cook are in stable condition at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
“He’s saved. He’s alive and that’s all that matters,” Adams said.
She said Windhorst’s family is extremely grateful for her quick action, but she doesn’t want the thanks. Her son rides a motorcycle and she said she hopes someone would do the same for him. That’s what was in her heart.
New Castle police are still investigating the crash.
Corporal Chris Fabian said as the weather transitions, people need to be more aware of motorcycles returning to the roads.