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Good Samaritan stopped to help man after crash near Rolesville

Posted May 26, 2016

— A 26-year-old motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 401, near Rolesville, when he ran a red light and hit a van, according to investigators.

Authorities said at about 9:10 p.m., a van driven by a 16-year-old was traveling northbound on U.S. 401 and collided with a motorcycle driven by Braxton Lee Reynolds, of Raleigh.

Seconds later, Ashley Weatherly, a pre-med student on her way home from work, drove by.

"My first instinct was to jump, so I jumped out," she said. "He wasn't breathing, he didn't have a pulse, so I started giving him CPR."

Weatherly said she pressed on trying to save Reynolds' life.

"In the midst of the moment, adrenaline running, I was trained. I knew what I had to do, but it was still so hard," Weatherly said.

As she worked, others drove by or stopped to watch.

"The amount of people who didn't stop, that didn't try to help - they just stood there, or they stopped their cars and got out and just looked. I mean, it was sad," Weatherly said.

Eventually, police and EMS arrived and took over. Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene.

But Weatherly said she has no regrets.

"There is nothing I would change about what I did. I did everything I knew to do," she said. "It's always good to know that you can try to help somebody."

Because of her experience, Weatherly said she urges others to learn CPR, or to stop and call for help if you see someone in distress.

"I understand that some people are too afraid, but you would want someone to help you if you were in that situation," she said. "I just wish more people would try to help, or try to get to know what to do."


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  • Sara Hauser May 27, 2016
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    She did all she could to aid another person in his final moments . We need more people like her.

  • Mary Meadows May 26, 2016
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    I couldn't agree more. She did a wonderful thing and even though it wasn't my son I am still grateful to her for her kind and caring actions.

  • Lance Boyle May 26, 2016
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    Thank you Ashley Weatherly. If that were my son i would be very grateful to you.