June 8, 2016

Leah and Joel Woodward - Good Samaritans in Idaho

On May 22, 2016, at about 3:14 p.m. Brandy Gonzalez was driving during a hail storm in southwest Idaho. 

She was returning to Boise, Idaho, from a family birthday celebration in Nevada. Her 4 year old son, Killian Gonzalez was in the car with her. 

Killian Gonzalez; Leah Woodward
The car skidded during a turn on State Highway 51 which was icy. The vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

The Good Samaritan reaches
out to strangers in distress.
Killian suffered a severe injury to his head and neck which was potentially life-threatening. His mother, Brandy, experienced fractured arms and legs because of the crash.

The driver of the car that Brandy skidded into and his passenger were both injured but thankfully they will survive.

Just after the time of the collision, Leah Woodward and her husband, Joel Woodward, stopped to offer assistance. They were on their way home after a camping trip. They could hear the boy screaming in pain.

Joel Woodward is a police officer with the Nampa Police Department. He managed to smash out the back window of the Gonzalez vehicle and was able to open the door.

Leah Woodward entered the vehicle, sat the boy up and held him immobile. She resisted the urge to remove the boy from the car in fear of further injuring his neck and spinal cord. She held the boy steady for over half an hour until medical help arrived on scene. She was fearful for his life because of the severity of his injuries.

Killian Gonzalez will recover from this tragic accident, as will his mother. 

A funding site has been set up to help the Gonzalez family with medical and other expenses. 

God bless Leah and Joel Woodward and all who come to the aid of those in danger. Amen. 

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era. 

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