Press-Republican

September 23, 2012

Accident victim searching for good Samaritan

By MIRANDA ORSO
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — An accident victim is looking for the good Samaritan who helped him to safety after his car caught fire near Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 3 Friday morning.

Brandon Bissette-Agnew, 18, of Plattsburgh had just dropped off his mother, Tammy, at work at Champlain Centre mall at about 8 a.m., and was driving his 2002 mustang convertible near the restaurant on his way to class at SUNY Plattsburgh.

According to Tammy, someone waved a car across traffic, signaling it was clear to turn into the Dunkin’ Donuts lot when the two vehicles collided, totaling Brandon’s car.

As a result of the impact, the convertible’s airbags deployed, leaving Brandon in a daze, Tammy said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

“When he opened his eyes he saw smoke, but Brandon originally thought it was powder from the airbags,” she added.

Fighting severe pain in his foot, Brandon tried to get out of the vehicle but the door was jammed as a result of the impact.

It was the good Samaritan who helped Brandon realize what he was seeing was smoke coming from the vehicle’s hood and that he needed to get out of the car as soon as possible.

Firefighters arrived at the accident site a short time later and had to cut the hood off the convertible in order to fully extinguish the fire, Tammy said.

Now, the Bissette-Agnews are looking for the mystery man, just to say thank you.

Brandon remembers the man as having grayish-white hair and wearing jeans and a T-shirt, but said he never got his name.

“We just really want this man to know how much we appreciate what he did,” Tammy said. “I am just so grateful for him to take the time to get my son out of the car.”

Following the accident, Tammy felt compelled to find out who the man was that helped her son to safety.

She broadcast her plea across the airwaves at WIRY and contacted the Press-Republican in hopes she might learn the man’s identity.

In the meantime, Brandon was scheduled to undergo surgery at CVPH Medical Center to repair three broken bones in his foot Sunday.

His mother hopes the accident has taught her son and all drivers a valuable lesson.

“Never wave people across two lanes of traffic,” she said.

Tammy is most thankful her son was able to sort of walk away from the accident.

The driver of the other car was not injured.

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com