There’s an update to a terrible motorcycle crash that nearly took the life of an Edwardsburg man.
Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, Harold “Butch” Dawson, 63, lost control and was thrown from his bike at the U.S. 30 – U.S. 31 interchange near Plymouth.
According to loved ones, Dawson is in critical, but stable condition at the intensive care unit inside Memorial Hospital. While his prognosis is improving each day, doctors say he still has a long recovery ahead with a broken nose, broken ribs, facial fractures and a collapsed lung.
Prior to the accident, Dawson was riding with 100 other bikers in a Father's Day Poker Run. By no means an avid biker, the family man signed-up to honor of his son Harold Dawson Jr., 44, who suddenly passed away last August from a brain aneurysm. Dawson was even riding his son’s bike.
Although a crash investigation is still ongoing, loved ones riding behind Dawson say it looked as if he hit debris on the roadway, which forced his bike out-of-control.
"At that point he started skidding, hit the embankment up on U.S. 31 and flipped terribly onto the road. He slid across one way, the bike flipped off to the other side of him, it was a mess,” Dawson’s cousin and riding partner Bob Grenert Sr. said.
Within seconds a passing motorist ran-up to Dawson as he took his last breath. The Good Samaritan immediately began administering CPR and remarkably brought the 63-year-old back to life. The only problem; that man left the crash scene without ever giving his name.
"He responded quickly. He knew what to do. All of us were dumbfounded and didn't really know what to do. It was a scary moment, I’ve never experienced anything like that,” Bobby Grenert Jr. commented.
"The man went and got gloves on, came over, flipped Harold over and he told everybody, ‘you might not want to watch this, but I’ve got to do, what I’ve got to do.’ I call him a Godsend,” Grenert Sr. concluded.
Based-off a few tips to our newsroom, NewsCenter 16 was able to identify the Good Samaritan as Bryan Kay, 21, of Peru, Ind. According to Kay’s father, Michael, just an hour before saving Dawson’s life, Kay ironically passed his paramedic's exam at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend. There was a two hour delay grading the exam, which made him too tired to celebrate the results. Instead, Kay headed home and happened to be passing by when the accident occurred.
Around 5 p.m. Monday, Kay and Dawson’s family united for the first time since Saturday’s wreck. Dawson's family said they weren't completely sure Kay existed until they saw him.
"Who is this guy? Man, I'd wake up in the middle of the night, my son has, too...who in the hell is this guy? We were all sitting there talking to each other all night long," said Grenert, Sr. "We thought you were just going to disappear into thin air. We really did. We thought was this guy really real? You had us talking, we couldn't find him."
Kay told the family he couldn’t believe what had happened either.
“I never thought I’d be put into that situation so quickly after just getting done with my test,” said Kay. “It was like being on a swing between tears and laughter for the whole ride home because I couldn't believe what I did without any drugs without any interventions other than a pair of gloves and a stethoscope.”
Grenert told Kay finding him was a great weight off his shoulders.
“I'm not going to let you go unacknowledged. You've got a great career ahead of you. You did something...you can't believe how we can go to bed now and sleep,” said Grenert.
“I hate to believe that everything happens for a reason because if I think some things really are just crying shames and horrible events, but there was too many factors at play for me to think that there wasn't some invisible hand guiding all of these set of events to take place the way that they did,” remarked Kay.
Kay has one final exam next week before he can officially start as a paramedic. He is currently searching for a job.