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Woman Called Hero After Helping Injured Man

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by Mark Bellinger

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Clarksville man suffered serious head injuries when he fell head first Tuesday out of a pickup truck, but a woman is being called a hero for keeping him breathing while waiting on an ambulance.

23-year-old Joshua King was taken by Life Flight to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

The accident happened on Elkmont Drive in Clarksville. Stay-at-home mom LeShonda Softy saw it happen while she was in her garage. Softy said it happened in front of the house next door.

"I saw him fall off the truck right here between the white and black mailbox," Softy said.

King was riding in the back of his father Vernon's pickup truck. They were delivering advertisements and Joshua King was tossing them onto driveways from the bed of the pickup.

Softy said they were going up a hill and in the middle of the street. Then all of a sudden a car came over the crest of the hill.

Softy said the driver swerved to get back into the right lane and Joshua King fell out head first and hit the pavement below.
"It was just he just flipped right out straight on his head," Softy explained.

Softy ran to help. 

"I mean I was freaking out.  It was hot outside like it is now.  I was scared and I just knew I had to save. I had to do something until the ambulance got here," Softy went on.

Softy went to school and trained to be a medical assistant and said her training took over.

"His father was trying to pull him out of the street and I said ‘no, we can't move him, because he may have a neck or back injury,'" Softy said.

Melissa Smigiel lives across the street and heard what happened. She ran out to help. Smigiel said it was traumatizing for everyone.

"I, I couldn't it just it was just bad.  It was really bad," Smigiel said.

Softy said Joshua King was bleeding from his mouth and ears, and he was having trouble breathing. She said she kept her cool and kept his airway open so he could breathe until an ambulance arrived.

"Everybody was pretty much traumatized. I was shaking.  I've never had to experience anything like that before," Softy added.

It took her two days to settle her nerves. It happened Tuesday and she didn't get a good night's sleep until Thursday night.

Neighbors said she saved Joshua's life.

"My one neighbor brought me wine and left it at my door because she's like you did an awesome job.  I wasn't looking for recognition or anything like that I just, but you may have saved his life.  Yeah, I might have saved his life," Softy said.

She has been in touch with Joshua King's sister, and wants to see the family when Joshua gets better.

There was a 10-month-old baby girl in the front seat of the pickup truck. Police said she was okay and so was King's father.

Clarksville Police said King's father Michael Vernon King was charged with failure to use reasonable care, driving on an expired tag and driving on an expired driver license.

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