Good Samaritan finds Charlestown woman 3 days after wreck


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Charlestown woman is lucky to be alive after being injured in a car crash, that wasn't discovered till three days later.

The accident happened on Highway 62, near Charlestown, Indiana, Friday.

24-year-old Jenevieve Elliott was driving along a winding, heavily wooded portion of Highway 62, an area that would make it almost impossible for someone to find her after her car careened off the road.

According to sheriff's deputies, Elliott over corrected, went off the road, then traveled about 450 feet back into the woods.

Three days later, Becky Ferree, a Good Samaritan, drove by and noticed something unusual.

"All I saw at first was an arm waving and I thought, 'Is that a person?'" Ferree said.

Ferree says Elliott could barely move, "I kept telling her to be still. The police was on their way and she started crying and I said you're alive, you're ok. I just said be still, they'll be here in a minute. And she started telling me she had a wreck, but I didn't see any car."

Detective Chris Proctor from the Clark County Sheriff's Office was one of the first to respond to the scene.

"She said she just made herself crawl up the ravine to get out. She knew she'd die if she didn't get out," Proctor said.

Elliott had a fractured hip and rib cage, along with lacerations to her spleen and kidneys. She was airlifted to University Hospital. Ferree says she's just happy she was at the right place at the right time and helped save a life.

"That's what we should do. My husband and I are in the ministry and I kept thinking what if that was one of my kids," Ferree said.