Assault Victim Rescued by Passing Driver

North Platte, NE, Contract Driver Tom Lannon.

North Platte, NE, Contract Driver Tom Lannon.

Late one evening, a woman left her place of employment to pick up her child before heading home. Five hours later, police discovered her vehicle abandoned and still running on the side of the road with no sign of the driver.

Early the next morning, North Platte, NE, Contract Driver Tom Lannon drove along his usual route to start his day when he spotted what he thought was a deer. As he drove by, he realized that it wasn’t a deer at all, but rather a woman waving her arms frantically to get his attention. Lannon turned his vehicle around and stopped to investigate. When he did, he quickly discovered the gravity of the situation.

When Lannon exited his vehicle and approached the woman, she collapsed to the ground in relief. He could see that she was distraught and had signs of being physically assaulted. Lannon called 911 and remained with the woman until emergency responders arrived and transported her to the hospital. Later on, he discovered that the woman had stopped the night before to assist two men in another vehicle, and the men had taken her against her will.

“I’m so glad I was at the right place at the right time,” said Lannon. “I felt truly worried for the woman and was glad I was there to help.”

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