A complete stranger was among the first to help rescue a 7-year-old boy in a Davidson County crash in which the boy's mother died.
James Johnson happened to be in the right place at the right time Saturday night on Ashland City Highway when he came upon the boy trapped in an SUV moments after it rolled.
"I was headed north in that direction," said Johnson. "It all just kind of hits you real fast."
Johnson came across the wreck on Ashland City Highway. A Dodge Caravan had spun around and a woman was in the roadway.
Johnson got out to help and quickly learned of another car that had gone down a ravine.
"As we ran along the road looking for this vehicle, we heard a child calling for help," said Johnson.
The cries for help were coming from the young boy stuck in a car with him mom in the ravine.
"We managed to get a knife and cut him out of his seat belt harness," said Johnson.
Police said the 7-year-old's mom, Elizabeth Staley, didn't survive the crash.
Investigators don't know why Staley suddenly crossed into the southbound lanes and sideswiped the Caravan.
Johnson said he focused on the child while others provided help to the couple in the Caravan.
"I think we respond when it's necessary," said Johnson. "There's no avoiding it when your help is needed."
Police said Robert and Patricia McBee, both 70, were in the Dodge Caravan. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators said everyone involved in the crash had their seat belts on and alcohol or drugs do not appear to be the cause.
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