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Good Samaritan helps crash victims in two Dunn wrecks

Posted July 11, 2010 6:22 p.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2010 4:33 p.m. EDT

— Dunn resident Ron Robinson is being hailed a hero after recently helping victims in two separate car wrecks.

Robinson said Sunday that he and his wife came across a crash Thursday involving a truck on Interstate 95 in Dunn. The truck was on fire, but that didn't stop Robinson from pulling driver Scarlett Baker from the vehicle.

"I shook her a little bit and said, 'Ma'am, Ma'am, Ma'am,' and she said, 'Help me, help me,'” Robinson recalled.

Baker said she was traveling to work when a tire blew out and she lost control of her truck, which slammed into a tree.

"I was like, oh my God, that truck is going to blow up," Robinson's wife, Mary Ann, recalled. "I was just so afraid that it was going to catch both of them on fire."

After being saved from the fiery wreckage, paramedics transported 40-year-old Baker to WakeMed for treatment.

She is recovering from three fractured vertebrae, a broken collar bone and a bruised lung. Baker said Sunday that she will be forever grateful that Robinson was there to help.

"What do you say, or what can you do, for someone who risked their life to save yours?” Baker asked.

Baker is expected to be released from WakeMed sometime this week. Her rescue was not the first time; however, that Robinson has helped someone in need.

Robinson was inside a Walmart in Dunn last month when an SUV slammed into the store. He immediately ran outside to help teens trapped in the vehicle.

"We got the door almost opened. We tried to keep (the boy's) neck stabilized. The girl, we couldn't get to her until they cut off the roof," Robinson said on June 4. "I didn't think of anyone around me but those two people in the vehicle."

In that wreck, Ashley Moore, 16, was killed. The SUV driver, Triton High senior Dillon Tart, 18, was airlifted to WakeMed for treatment. He was later discharged from the hospital.

Robinson said his presence at the wrecks isn't a coincidence. He feels his father, who passed away last April, had something to do with him being in a position to help others.

“You start thinking things like that and you start trying to put the puzzle together. It is hard,” Robinson said.

Baker said she wants to thank Robinson in person for saving her life once she gets out of the hospital.