A local man recounts the aftermath of a head-on crash that killed a metro college student.
It happened Saturday on the Kilpatrick Turnpike
Good Samaritan Andrew Sorrell was driving home from work when he came across the devastating scene.
“Whenever I drove up there was not a single cop, firefighter, nothing, it was a very eerie feeling, overwhelming,” said Sorrell.
Immediately he learned it was bad.
“I rolled down my window and talked to a man, I said ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ He goes, the man is out of his car walking around. This girl is unresponsive,” said Sorrell.
After getting out of his car Sorrell and another good Samaritan ran over to Marissa Murrow's vehicle. She lay pinned and unconscious.
“She was in her seatbelt and was slumped over the passenger seat,” said Sorrell.
He called for the young woman to wake up.
“Of course, I was like ‘Hello ma’am, can you hear me?’ But no response,” said Sorrell.
He checked for a pulse. And then in all the darkness a glimmer of hope.
“As soon as I saw she was breathing I said, ‘Hey guys she's breathing,’” said Sorrell.
Emergency responders later arrived.
“How the cars looked. That was an extremely mangled mess in there. And yeah, they did have to use the jaws of life, that's the first time I’ve ever saw that,” Sorrell said.
Sorrell said he later realized the other driver, Malcolm Penney, who troopers said was drunk and driving in the wrong direction, was gone.
“That's when we started realizing that he made a run for it,” said Sorrell.
Witnesses learned Murrow, 19, later died. The accused suspect was unscathed and in jail.
“Pretty much the entire front end of that SUV was gone. How he got out of his car and started walking away is beyond me,” said Sorrell.
Sorrell said he'll never forget what he saw.
“Pretty selfish. If there's anyone out there that ever wants, or thinks I’m just buzzed, I’ll be alright, I wish I could share that image of Marissa in her car,” said Sorrell.