On December 27, 2014, Thomas Palermo was riding his bike on Roland Avenue when he was struck by a woman driving a car. Not only did this woman hit Palermo, but she fled the scene after hitting him. This left Thomas helpless on the side of the road. Unfortunately, later that day, Thomas Palermo was pronounced dead.
A couple Boys’ Latin students, Kyle Weatherford and Matt Manzoni, were on their way to play soccer at Boys’ Latin and saw the man lying on the side of the road.
“At first I didn’t know what was going on, but as we got closer to the guy laying on the road, we could tell he was seriously injured,” said Weatherford.
“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t really know what to do,” Manzoni exclaimed.
Weatherford and Manzoni immediately got out of their car to check on the man. When they arrived on the scene, someone was already on the phone with the police. As they got closer to the man, they said they noticed how badly injured he actually was. “There was blood coming from his ears, mouth, and nose, which ended up covering his entire face; from that point we knew he needed serious medical attention,” said Manzoni.
“We were very scared and in shock, but we know we did the right thing trying to help,” said both Manzoni and Weatherford. It is not easy to try and deal with a tragic incident such as this. “We just stayed next to him and made sure he remained conscious until the medics showed up and gave him the treatment he needed,” said Weatherford.
Weatherford and Manzoni should be applauded for stopping to help. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with the Palermo family as they go through this difficult time.
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