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Woman sideswiped, says man who hit her helped then took off

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(02/18/14) - It's not the way most hit-and-run crashes play out.

Courtney Campbell says, after being sideswiped, the man who hit her rescued her. And then took off. 

"I'm very thankful he stopped and helped me out of my car, because I don't know if I would have been able to get out without him," she says. "Why'd you leave?" 

The 20 year old from Burton was on her way to work around 2 p.m. Monday, driving on I-475 in Flint, and just about one exit away from where she needed to be.

"I was in the left lane, he was in the right lane, and I was coming up to kind of pass him and he started to swerve over," she says. "(I) went to honk on my horn, and as soon as I honked on my horn, he hit me and there was really nothing I could do."

Courtney figures she flipped a few times before ending up, upside down, on the side of northbound I-475 near Court Street.

Snow had filled her car and when she was able to free herself from her seatbelt, "I crawled to my backseat. I was trying to open my doors."

And then something strange happened, she says the man who hit her helped her. She had to talk him through it because of the damage to the doors, they wouldn't open.

Courtney says he pulled her out of the back window on the driver's side.

"I thought my car was on fire, so he dragged me down the snowbank. He asked me if I was OK. After he realized I was OK, he left. That was that."

Courtney's father Larry Campbell got a frantic phone call from his wife. He, too, has mixed feelings about what happened. 

"He had some compassion. He stopped. He helped. But then got scared and left," Larry says. "(I) wish he would have owned up to what he would have done."

Courtney is scraped up and sore, but otherwise uninjured.

"I got very lucky," she says.

Courtney described the man who hit and then helped her as black and possibly in his 30s. She says he was driving a silver Chevy Impala.

Please call Flint Police Officer Nicole Reid at 810-237-6891 if you have any information about the man or the crash.

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