‘Nobody’s Dying Today’

Nursing assistant Katelyn Losquadro stopped to help an injured driver of a single-car accident. That decision changed both of their lives.

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When Chris and Robyn got the call from the hospital at their home in Gaithersburg, the person on the other end told them that their son had been in an accident and had been taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, a regional trauma center in Falls Church, Virginia. He’d injured his leg, but he was all right, they were told. He might need surgery.

“When we got to the hospital and they walked us into this private little room, we knew something was up,” Robyn says. Their son’s lower right leg had been
sheared off, they learned. They went into his hospital room and found him in bed, and when he took the sheets off of his leg, they couldn’t bear to look. “Please don’t be mad at me. I’m really sorry,” Robyn remembers him saying as she tried to comfort him.

Gault, who declined to be interviewed for this story, told his parents about a good Samaritan who had appeared on the side of the road and cared for him until EMTs arrived. He never got her name, he said. “We didn’t know who she was, but he was telling us about this mystery lady who helped him,” Chris says.

“She saved our son’s life,” Robyn says. “It was like an angel was sent down.”

The Gaults shared the story of their son’s accident on social media and tried to track down the woman who came to his aid. “We would love to reach out to her to thank her,” Robyn wrote on her Facebook page. “If everyone could share this, who knows, we may find her.” Then they turned to Sarah Simmons, a reporter at Fox 5 News who is a customer of theirs at Fleet Feet Sports. Simmons came to the hospital on Sunday, less than 48 hours after the accident, and interviewed Chris and Robyn as they walked in front of the building on a blustery night and wondered aloud who the woman was who had come to their son’s rescue.

“If she wasn’t there, who knows what would have happened?” Robyn told the reporter.

Losquadro saw none of this. She didn’t have a television. When she received a call on Monday evening from a blocked number, she ignored it. “I thought it was a bill collector,” she says, laughing. Then a text appeared on her phone from one of the police officers who’d been at the crash scene. He hadn’t taken a report from her, but he’d caught her name, tracked her down and asked her to call him immediately.

“My first thought was, Oh my God. He didn’t make it,” Losquadro says.

When she called the officer, he told her that she had been on the news. “The family is looking for you,” she remembers him telling her. Gault had survived.

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