July 03, 2018 06:13 PM
An Army Reserve medic on his way to church on Sunday evening helped an injured 18-year-old motorcyclist that crashed on the ramp from Highway 10 East to Interstate 35E South.
"When I saw him in the grass it was kind of almost surreal," Chuck Thibault said.
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Thibault said he left for church a few minutes earlier than he normally does from Andover when he was passed by two motorcycles on Highway 10.
"I didn't know if these guys knew about that turn, so I sped up a bit, thinking something might happen,” Thibault said. “I was thinking in the back of my head that these people could crash."
The Minnesota Highway Patrol said one of the motorcycles took the curve too fast, went off the roadway, hit a gas line sign and flipped onto its side.
Thibault, from the north metro, recently finished the Army medic training program at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio back in May.
"Since I've finished training, this is the first time I’ve put those skills to use," Thibault said. “I would say it went pretty well, my training definitely paid off."
Thibault said he heard the man was “gurgling” when he tried to breathe, so he worked to help him breathe, and had another motorist hold the injured man’s head while he called 911 and grabbed medical supplies from his vehicle.
According to patrol records, an ambulance took the 18-year-old motorcycle driver, Lorenzo Luis Rodriguez, from St. Paul to the hospital.
Regions Hospital Staff said Rodriguez was listed in fair condition on Tuesday afternoon.
Thibault said he remembers one message from a General at training.
"Always be mission ready, so that includes being at home... the army reserve, you're citizen soldiers," Thibault said.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the injured motorcycle driver today after his surgery but has yet to hear back.
Updated: July 03, 2018 06:13 PM
Created: July 03, 2018 05:16 PM
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