MAYES COUNTY, Oklahoma -
The family of a Locust Grove man who died Friday after a motorcycle crash is searching for the Good Samaritan who sat with him and held his hand until emergency responders arrived.
Donald Roberts, 61, was driving his Harley-Davidson north on Highway 82 about three miles south of Locust Grove when Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the motorcycle went left for an unknown reason, struck a bridge curb and Roberts fell 30 feet over the bridge. Troopers said Roberts’ motorcycle continued northbound and came to rest on the east side of the road.
Roberts landed on the rocks under the bridge and drivers on the highway came upon the scene and called 911, family members said.
“I have had the blessing of speaking to a young lady and her friend about their phone calls to 911 shortly after my uncle’s accident,” said Roberts’ niece, Jami Murphy. “It was great to have that opportunity. She also was kind enough to speak to my aunt which was comforting.”
Ashley Shelton, of Pryor, was the woman who called 911. She was driving a friend home in Peggs when they saw a motorcycle on its side on the bridge. They stopped to look for the rider of the Harley-Davidson while Shelton called 911.
She said her friend, Shane Brewster, decided to go look down below the bridge after they looked in the weeds next to the road and didn’t see anyone.
It was then that Brewster spotted Roberts down on the rocks and went down to him.
Shelton said that a man and woman stopped behind them on the highway and the woman took bottled water down to Roberts as he lay injured on the rocks and held his hand. The woman and Brewster stayed with Roberts until emergency responders arrived.
“That is the most comforting thing during this impossible situation,” Murphy said. “Knowing that someone was there with him, that he wasn’t alone and that people cared enough to do so.”
Now, the family would like to meet the man and woman who stopped for their loved one and the woman who took the time to sit with him until help arrived.
Following the crash, Roberts was taken by LifeFlight to a Tulsa hospital where he later died.
“I would be forever grateful to have the opportunity to speak to or even hug whoever stayed with him,” Murphy said. “I don’t know any names and neither did anyone I’ve spoke with so far.”