Hit-and-run driver carjacks good Samaritan who stopped to help after crash

Posted at 9:25 AM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 09:25:27-04

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Randy Rood stopped in the rain to check on crash victims over the weekend, but that's when one of the drivers took off in the Good Samaritan's truck.

Rood, 65, was returning from his usual quick trip to his neighborhood gas station for ice tea Saturday afternoon when the crash happened.

“Out of the corner of my eye I saw this silver car zooming down Halsey Street, and it ran the stop sign and ... hit the couple in the SUV right in front of me," Rood told WDAF.

The force of the wreck sent both the wayward car and SUV he was following into an overflow parking lot area. Rood pulled into the parking lot and quickly jumped out of his truck to check on those victims. He didn't realize he left the truck running and the keys in the ignition.

Rood said the driver who caused the wreck was already out of his car. “I kind of glanced over and asked if he was okay, and he said yes," Rood said.

The couple in the SUV initially weren’t moving much behind their airbags, which had deployed. “Just as I asked her if she was all right, I heard tires squeal and looked up, and my truck was off to the races," Rood said.

Rood, who began his career as a paramedic, is just glad the couple in the SUV weren’t seriously injured.

“I would stop again," he said. "I would probably just make sure I turn my truck off and took the keys this time."

Shawnee police couldn't be reached for comment on whether the vehicle the driver crashed and left behind was stolen.