Jean-Yves Bernard rescued Ruby A. Ramos and helped attempt to rescue Maria C. Perotti-Ramos from the path of a runaway automobile, Lanesville, New York, January 7, 1992. Ruby, 2, and her mother, Mrs. Perotti-Ramos, 33,were thrown from a car that was traveling out of control, in reverse, in counter-clockwise circles in a grassy area near their home. Both were then struck by the car. Bernard, 32, painter and carpenter, was driving near the scene when he saw the runaway car, its driver’s door open. He then saw Ruby, who lay near the outer edge of the car’s orbit, and ran to her. Bernard seized Ruby and dragged her to safety, then learned that Mrs. Perotti-Ramos remained on the ground, in the path of the circling car. Bernard ran to Mrs. Perotti-Ramos, seized her, and, falling repeatedly ont he wet, muddy ground, dragged her from the car’s path. Helped by another man, Bernard took Mrs. Perotti-Ramos to a neighboring garage; the runaway car stopped only when it crashed into the garage a few feet from them. Ruby was hospitalized for a broken leg, and she recovered, but Mrs. Perotti-Ramos died of her injuries.
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