ELKHART — MacKayla Que-Lazaro doesn’t know who helped pull her from her overturned car Monday on the U.S. 20 Bypass, but she wants to find him and thank him.
Que-Lazaro was driving from her home in Elkhart to her job at T.G.I Friday’s around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, when she felt her 2000 Jeep Cherokee sliding toward the edge of the road on a curve.
She tried to turn the car to the left to correct it, but it slid into the concrete barrier and flipped several times before landing upside down in the roadway.
“I was stuck in my seat belt on the ground,” she said. “The windshield was under me. I remember the windshield wipers were still going and the radio was still on.”
As she lay trapped in the car, Que-Lazaro said she could see about 10 people gathered outside.
A man crawled through the driver side window, cut Que-Lazaro’s seat belt and pulled her out of the vehicle.
Then he let her sit in his car, a white or silver PT Cruiser, and use his phone to call her work and her husband.
“I wanted to talk to him and tell him thank you,” Que-Lazaro said. “I was only in the car for about a minute. He got there really quick.”
Que-Lazaro said the man appeared to be in his late-40s with grayish-brown hair and glasses.
She would like the man, or anyone who thinks they may know him, to contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I hope he’s not shy!” she said.
Que-Lazaro was taken by ambulance to Elkhart General Hospital after the crash, where doctors determined she had two fractures in her left wrist and two fractures in her neck.
She said she expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday evening and would be returning to have her arm set in a cast.
In addition to the cast, she will have to wear a neck brace for three months and will be unable to work during that time.
“It’s going to be purple for Sarah (Crane),” she said. Que-Lazaro’s brother was close friends with Crane, who died from colon cancer Dec. 7. The Crane family sent Que-Lazaro a purple flower arrangement and “Feel Better” balloon at the hospital.
“I like to think she (Sarah) was watching over me because I don’t know how I survived,” she said. “It could have been a lot worse.”