Lynda Marie Monteith helped attempt to rescue Nelson V. Ramos from life-threatening injury, Beverly, Massachusetts, October 3, 2000. At night, Ramos, 33, was thrown from the passenger seat of a car during a highway accident in which the car struck and broke off a utility pole. Badly injured and unconscious, he lay on the pavement beside the car, under high-voltage lines that, still affixed to the downed top of the pole, were about four feet off the street in that vicinity. A motorist, Ms. Monteith, 33, registered nurse, approached the scene and was flagged down by persons who had gathered there. She left her vehicle and, going under the lines, approached Ramos, who was being tended by a man. Ms. Monteith and the man were preparing to reposition Ramos when they each sustained a major electrical shock from one of the lines that sent both to the pavement, unconscious. Ramos, Ms. Monteith, and the man were taken to the hospital, where Ramos was pronounced dead of his crash-related injuries. Ms. Monteith and the man required hospitalization for treatment of electrical injury, Ms. Monteith being detained for a week.
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