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DOT employee credited with saving driver who crashed into Vance County pond

Posted August 11, 2015

— Emergency officials in Vance County say an alert North Carolina Department of Transportation employee helped save a driver who crashed into a pond Monday morning along Warrenton Road.

According to Bryant B. Williams, a fire captain, Jay Mozingo was driving down Warrenton Road at about 10 a.m. when he saw a driver lose control of a car, run off the road, down an embankment and into a small pond.

The car came to rest about 30 to 40 feet into the pond.

Mozingo turned around, went to the area where the car left the road and found the crash site. According to Williams, the driver was struggling to stay afloat after escaping from the car.

Mozingo jumped into the water, and with the help of another witness, pulled the driver to safety.

"In today's society, where it seems people turn their eyes away and don't want to get involved, Mr. Mozingo showed that there is still some compassion, some concern and some love for an individual who you have no relationship with," Williams said in a statement.


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  • Briann Dawes Aug 12, 2015
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    My fiance Jonathan Hedgepeth an army veteran of Hollister was the other witness who pulled the man from the water.

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Aug 11, 2015
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    This guy gets my vote for the State Employee of the year award. You deserve a call and recognition from the Governor. God bless you for taking the time to help your fellow man. This world would be a better place if there were more people like Mr. Mozingo.

  • John Weston Aug 11, 2015
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    Great job Mr. Mozingo!

    Agreed Amber, the world we all want for our children starts with individuals making small but meaningful choices each day.

  • Amber Johnson Aug 11, 2015
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    Be the change you wish to see in this world.....glad some people are still giving hope to humanity. Way to be in the right place at the right time.