PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – When Cmdr. Doreen Jokerst first arrived at the scene of a serious crash on Parker Road near Hess Road on Saturday, she quickly decided that southbound lanes of traffic needed to be diverted away from the scene. First responders were trying to reach people trapped in their car, another vehicle was reportedly on fire, and a motorcyclist was also involved. What she did know immediately know was who could help her shut down the road.
“I knew that I was going to need additional resources,” Jokerst said. “All those resources were tied up on the accident.”
As paramedics and firefighters reached victims, Jokerst says one passerby went above and beyond. With her own vehicle being used to stop traffic, a man driving an older model pick-up truck, on his way to Kiowa with children in the passenger seats agreed to drive Jokerst down the road to the center of the crash scene.
“I hopped into the front seat, and I saw these two cute boys in the backseat, and I said, ‘Hello,’ and down we went,” she said.
When they arrived there, Jokerst says the man and the kids then helped her get cones out of a patrol vehicle and returned to the intersection, assisting her in shutting down the southbound lanes of traffic at Parker and Hess roads.
“I would like to personally thank him and his family for going beyond that call of duty,” Jokerst said, “for assisting the police department and all the first responders … they enabled them to stay on scene while we could shut everything down and make sure it’s safe for all them to be there.”
Jokerst and Parker Police now hope to find that man and present him with a Citizens Accommodation Award.
The wrong-way driver was killed in the crash. At least two others are recovering in hospitals. Parker Police say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.