West Mifflin Senior Pulls Woman From Wrecked Car

By Ralph Iannotti

DUQUESNE (KDKA) — A West Mifflin High School senior was driving to his father’s house Friday afternoon when he proved himself mature beyond his years.

Cody Hayden, 18, was nearing the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge when two vehicles coming from the opposite direction were involved in an accident on the bridge.

Both vehicles ended up plowing into concrete barriers.

Hayden parked his SUV, jumped out and ran over to a Toyota which had crashed. An unidentified woman appeared to be trapped behind the steering wheel.

He pulled open the driver’s side door and tried prying her out by ripping off her seat belt. He then shut off the ignition, fearing that the car might catch fire and pulled the driver about 15 feet away from the wreck.

Police and paramedics arrived moments later and the woman was transported to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Hayden, who says he will join the Marines after his graduation in June, said he never thought twice about getting involved, describing himself as a ‘”natural born helper.”

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  • LA

    Great news to hear a young man prove to be such a hero!

  • Dre

    I wish all kids were like him…hero’s at heart, with a natural care for other people. May God bless him richly for what he has done. What a great story! Can we turn the news to have more and more stories like this?

  • dre

    …oh and also, extra props for him for planning on joining the marines and serving our country so we can live free. Thank you to all troops for serving!

  • Beth gumbert

    Cody that woman who you pulled from that white suv car is my gram and I wanted to personally thank you dearly and commend you for your heroic actions. It takes a true hero to stop and try to help a complete stranger. My family and I are so thankful for your actions. She is still in the hospital with some broken ribs and resting. I would love to thank you personally if you could email me I would love to send you something as a thank you. Take care and thanks again. Beth gumbert bcherv @aol.com

    • April

      OMG! Beth Im so Glad your Gram is ok! Good Job Cody! Thank you for saving My Friend Gram. You are a true Hero. God Bless…

  • crystal

    My mom my sister and my daughters and i wer behind the car that got hit. I’m so glad that everyone getting is okay. Beth i hope your gram gets better.

  • Connie

    Good for you Cody, it’s so nice to see our young people getting involved. I bet your parents are proud, but not suprised by your actions, I’m sure this a somthing that come natural for you.God Bless You and your parents. Also Beth give my Blessings to your Gram and a speedy recovery.


    Has anyone stopped to consider that he could have hurt her further by removing her from the vehicle. One of the rules of first aid treamtment is to never move an injured victim (unless there is an immediate threat to life). One of her broken ribs could have punctured a lung. Removal should be left to the professionals.

    Let’s be thankful she wasn’t hurt further.

    Good luck in the Marines.

    • Mia

      Really, there always has to be ONE IDIOT in the group who has to say something negative.

      Good job to you young man!!

    • Geogre Gaines

      As A Medic I agree However he did not know that and we need to get off his back he did a very good Job for someone thats not EMS so he gets a job well done from me at least he helped

    • Mike

      So if the car would have caught fire. we shouldn’t remove people from their cars???

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