Local Woman Survives Car Accident; Thanks Man Who Saved Her Life

Published 02/13 2014 02:11PM

Updated 02/13 2014 02:43PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  A St. Joseph woman saw her life flash before her eyes earlier this week.

"I'm gonna die. I'm gonna die," said Jaime Meyer.

That's what ran through Meyer's mind while she was trapped in her car after she slid down an embankment near Faucett.

"With my seatbelt in tact, I had lost my glasses, and my cell phone was broken, and I can't see without my glasses. And I thought, what am I going to do?" Meyer said.

On a cold, Sunday evening, Meyer was driving along 371 highway on her way back from Kansas City.

She came down a hill, and next thing she knew, she was stuck 25 feet deep in a ditch.

She believes slick and icy roads are to blame.

"I honked the horn, and it had been damaged. So, I managed to roll the windows down, and I just began screaming, and nothing on the other end," said Meyer.

Meyer kept screaming for help, and about 15 minutes later, someone came along.

"I heard a voice from a distance that said, 'hello? Are you OK? Is somebody down there?'" said Meyer.

It was the voice of 20-year-old Nicholas Fansher.

Fansher took EMT training at Hillyard Technical Center, and was taught to look for strange, abnormal things while out.

As he was driving, he noticed track marks leading to the ditch where Meyer was.

"I thought that was kind of weird. So, I kept looking and I seen lights," said Fansher.

At first, he drove past the scene, but decided to turn around. That was when he saw Meyer's car in the ditch. He immediately went down to be with her, and kept her calm until another man, along with rescue crews, arrived.

"I need to get out and help her. I need to do the best I can to see if she's OK," said Fansher.
Meyer said it took crews two hours, and eight fire fighters, to get her out of the ditch. During that time frame, not a single car passed the area. She said if Fansher didn't stop, who knows what would have happened.

"I really thought I was going freeze to death. I really didn't think anybody would see me, and Nick [Fansher] is truly my angel," said Meyer.

Meyer is beyond grateful that Fansher happened to be in the right place, at the right time.

"I really believe Nick saved my life," said Meyer.

Meyer was rushed to Heartland Hospital after the accident. She was not injured, and was released later that day.

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