Steve Patrick helped to save Peter H. Shanaberg from being killed by an automobile, Vienna, Ohio, July 10, 1962. A man with a diabetic condition went into insulin shock while driving his sedan along the highway at 45 m.p.h. but continued holding the steering wheel while his foot remained on the gas pedal. Near the Patrick Garage the sedan veered onto the berm, where it sideswiped a boy on a bicycle and then struck a small cart in which Peter, 16, schoolboy, was sitting. The frame of the cart became wedged between the automobile’s bumper and fender, pinning Peter’s leg. The sedan then veered back onto the highway, carrying with it Peter and the cart. Steve, 48, steel mill assistant foreman, and his son, John G., witnessed the accident. They entered John’s automobile and sped after the sedan, gradually drawing abreast of it. As the two automobiles continued close together along the highway at about 45 m.p.h., Steve shouted futilely to the sedan’s driver to pull off the road. Steve then reached through the window opening and twice struck the man on the shoulder, but he did not respond. The two vehicles reached a curve in the highway. Steve managed to grasp the steering wheel of the sedan and turn it sufficiently so that the vehicle moved around the curve. A station wagon moving toward them veered sharply onto the berm to avoid a collision. Midway the curve, the cart became detached from the sedan and, with Peter still in the seat, veered from the highway into a ditch. John then slowed his automobile slightly, turned the wheels so that the front bumper made light contact with the side of the sedan, and forced it from the highway into the ditch, where it also stopped in an upright position. The driver still was in shock but revived after being given insulin. Peter was hospitalized and recovered within seven weeks.
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