An off-duty nurse took a lifesaving detour. In the middle of the night, he came upon an accident victim bleeding by the side of the road.
Emergency room nurse Tyler Masserant helped save a crash victim's life in spartan conditions. “Saved him from exposure. It was only 23 degrees outside.”
Heading back to Omaha after the February 16th Nebraska-Michigan State basketball game, Tyler and his wife turned on a northeast Lincoln street and found the crash victim ejected from an overturned vehicle. “Didn't look like he was breathing, it didn't look like he was alive at all. He was a good 30 yards from the vehicle.”
The Michigan State alum used a Spartan sweatshirt for first aid. “Wrapped around his head here, rolled him back over just like this. That way his airway is in line and spine is in line.”
The accident victim was saved from drowning in his own blood. “I think I did, hopefully, what anyone else would do, but it definitely helped that I had some sort of idea what possible injuries could be.”
The driver thrown some 30 yards was stabilized until paramedics arrived. “His outcome would have been much worse if he had been laying in the median much longer.”
Tyler had to toss his blood-soaked Spartan sweatshirt away, but when rooting for Michigan State again, he'll remember the right turn he made that night.
The injured driver, 27-year-old Christopher Evans Jr. of Lincoln, remains in critical condition.