KENNEBUNK, Maine — A Kennebunkport teen and her family are trying to find the stranger who saved her life on the side of the road.
Gabby Smith said she was on her way to work around 7:40 on Thursday morning, when she ate a handful of Cheez-Its and started choking behind the wheel. She pulled off Ross Road in Kennebunk, got out of her car and waved for help.
“Probably five cars were just staring at me and driving past me,” said Smith, 17.
She said she couldn’t breathe and thought she might die, until one car finally stopped.
“She pulled over, gave me the Heimlich and I don’t really remember her doing it or anything,” said Smith.
Smith said the world around her faded to black. When she came to, she didn’t catch her guardian angel’s name.
“She was trying to get me to go to the hospital,” said the teen. “I told her, ‘I’m alright. I have to go to work.’ I said, ‘Thank you,’ and got in my car.”
All Smith knows about the woman is that she had blond hair and was driving a silver car.
Now, as Smith recovers from a few broken ribs, she and her family are trying to find the Good Samaritan to say “thank you.”
“I think it’s amazing that somebody in this day and age stopped,” said her mom, Shannon Smith, who’s sharing the story on Facebook and in the local community, hoping it will lead to a reunion.
“People are saying, ‘Oh, she may be afraid you’re gonna sue them,’” said Shannon Smith. “I don’t care about broken ribs. I didn’t care if she broke all her ribs, she’s alive and she did what she had to do.”
And if the life-saving stranger doesn’t want to come forward, the Smiths hope she’ll at least know that they are forever grateful.