KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (11/16/17) - A man who was critically hurt while helping someone else near a dangerous Saginaw County intersection is improving in the hospital.
Deputies say 30-year-old Raymond Beck of Bay City was hit by a vehicle before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while he was helping a 61-year-old woman who had been involved in an accident. Deputies say the woman drove off the road and hit a fire hydrant on the rainy night.
Saginaw County Sheriff's Lt. Miguel Gomez said Beck was driving north on Bay Road near Kochville Road when he turned around to help a woman who had hit a fire hydrant. He parked his car in the center lane.
"When he pulled into the left turn lane, he turned on his hazards," Gomez said. "There was another vehicle, a third vehicle that was coming northbound on Bay Road. She saw the wreck, switched lanes, so she went from the curb lane to the inside lane, and as she was going by, he stepped away from his vehicle and stepped into the path."
Beck was hit by a 21-year-old Saginaw Valley State University nursing student. She immediately stopped to perform CPR.
Beck was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. By Thursday afternoon, officers said he was in the intensive care unit and stable.
"If that's my mother, my daughter, my wife I would want somebody to stop and help her, but what we want them to do is to be on the same side of the road as the person they're helping, to be in the same direction of travel as the person they're helping," Gomez said.
Whether you're trying to help someone like Beck was, trying to turn left from either side of Kochville on to Bay Road, or even going straight across the intersection, people familiar with the area say it's dangerous.
Some say there should be a traffic light there, while others would like to see the speed reduced from 55 mph.
Kochville Township Supervisor Jim Loiacano said it's an issue they've been trying to resolve for about the last 10 years, but they've run into roadblocks with the Michigan Department of Transportation. His next steps are to reach out to state lawmakers for assistance.
Deputies call this a terrible accident and no charges are expected to be filed.