Fall River woman tried to save 21-year-old killed in wrong-way crash

SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE): A 21-year-old from Portsmouth died after he was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong direction on 195 in Somerset early Wednesday morning.

ABC6 News learned that several good samaritans pulled over on the highway to try and save that young man, identified as Adriaen Thibeault.

Miriam Cruz, from Fall River, is a driver for FedEx in Seekonk. She works the early shift and was making a delivery when she saw the car caught on fire. Cruz said she didn’t think twice when she pulled over to help.

“The car was caught on fire and I didn’t think about it, I just stopped, parked my car on the side, and ran across the street,” Cruz said. “I tried to pull the door open. I couldn’t open the door. It was stuck.”

As Cruz struggled to open the door, she said all she could think about was her own children.

“I was like it could be one of my kids, he was a young guy just 21-years-old,” Cruz said.

Cruz said 2 or 3 other cars pulled over, all trying to save the young man.

“One of the drivers of the truck had a fire extinguisher,” Cruz said. “It was small but it wasn’t enough to stop the fire.”

Cruz wants Thibeault’s family to know she did everything she could.

“I am sorry, I tried,” Cruz said while fighting back tears. “I tried a lot to save your son. I couldn’t. My condolences to the family.”

Massachusetts State Police say the 50-year-old man from Bristol, driving the wrong way, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. State Police are still investigating why he was driving the wrong way.


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