Good Samaritans come to aid of young crash victim - Republic-Times | News

Good Samaritans come to aid of young crash victim

By on August 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

In last week’s paper, a motorcyclist who was injured on Bluff Road near Columbia called out passing motorists for failing to come to his aid in a letter to the editor titled “Where are the good samaritans?”

For 23-year-old Jacob Hallman of Red Bud, that question was answered after his truck went off the roadway and rolled down a steep embankment during the early morning hours of July 21 on Bluff Road south of Valmeyer.

“He still doesn’t even remember anything from that night,” Wilson Hallman said of his son, who suffered two concussions, had glass shards stuck in his head and required multiple stitches as a result of the crash.

Around 5 a.m., Mike Livingston, 48, of Fults, was driving along that stretch of roadway on his way to work in Sauget when he observed a truck’s taillights in the ditch and stopped to see what was going on.

He then noticed a young man stumbling around aimlessly near the roadway, head and arms bloodied.

“I just told him to get in the truck,” Livingston recalled. “I was glad to help the kid out.”

Livingston said he’s always stopped to check on stranded motorists or those involved in accidents, but this was the first person he’d seen injured to this extent.

Running late for work and already out of sick time for the year, Livingston called 911 and searched for a homeowner along the route who might be able to assist the injured man until paramedics arrived.

That’s where Susan Schillinger comes in. When Livingston came knocking on the front door of her home in old Valmeyer, Schillinger’s “extremely intelligent” dog Kozmo told her something was wrong.

“Kozmo was crying, and that is very rare,” she said.

Livingston explained to her that he found Hallman on the side of the road and hoped she could stay with him until help arrived.

“There was dried blood everywhere, and the boy was very confused, disoriented,” Schillinger remembered. “I said, ‘leave him.'”

While on the phone with 911, Schillinger said a dispatcher told her to keep talking to Hallman. She had him sit on her front porch and kept him company until an ambulance arrived.

“The ambulance crew said it was lucky he was alive,” Schillinger said.

Hallman was taken by Monroe County EMS to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis for treatment of his injuries.

Hallman’s family expressed immense gratitude to Livingston and Schillinger for their efforts.

“They just really went above what they could’ve done,” Wilson Hallman said.

Jacob’s grandmother agreed.

“He sure is lucky that man found him and she answered the door at that time of night,” Nancy Murray said. “We are forever grateful.”

For Livingston, the lesson is simple:

“You can’t leave somebody like that stranded out there,” he said. “You just can’t.”

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.