3 men help elderly woman out of engulfed vehicle in Virginia Beach

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 23:18:57-04

(Virginia State Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Three men saved a woman's life July 19 after her vehicle ran off the road and caught fire.

At approximately 12:29 p.m., Linda Fedee was traveling eastbound on I-264 near First Colonial when she lost control of her PT Cruiser due to a medical emergency. Fedee's vehicle ran off the roadway and struck several trees, and immediately caught fire.

Three men passing by witnessed the crash and immediately pulled over to render assistance without knowing one another.

"Nobody really said anything to anybody. Everybody kind of just jumped in, knew what needed to be done and did it," says Richard Hobbs, witness.

"We just clicked. We just coordinated. It's very emotional for me. I certainly would have liked to have rolled on and not stop, but I don't think that's what we're supposed to do," says Billy Stone, witness.

Billy Stone, Richard Hobbs and Douglas McCowan together removed the unconscious woman from her vehicle as it was being engulfed by the fire. The three men then carried Fedee to the roadside and waited with her for emergency personnel to arrive.

"With scary things going on in the world, it is wonderful to look up to God and thank Him for the people that he has here that are looking out for each other. I love them, I can't wait to meet them. I'm a hugger, I'm a kisser," says a grateful Fedee.

The Virginia State Police reached out to the three men in a release recognizing them for their bravery and compassion in helping a person in need.