Man comforts young, dying mom of 2 as crowd snaps photos, cell phone video

The young mother’s clothes had burned off as she struggled to survive, and no one but this man tried to help

The grieving family of a 25-year-old woman who died in a fiery car wreck has found some comfort after locating the man who stayed by the woman’s side in her final moments of life.

According to KFOR-TV, Dorothy Marko crashed into a tree on Highway 70 in Choctow County, Oklahoma, on April 23. Her truck was soon engulfed in flames. And while passerby stopped to gawk at the horrific scene and take photos and video of the burning vehicle, only one person actually tried to help her.

Darell Cloyd, a truck driver from Ohio, was driving on the highway when he saw the accident.

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He pulled over to try and help the badly injured woman, whose clothes had reportedly burned off her body. Her family told KXII-TV that she was able to crawl out of the back of the truck, and that the truck driver — who was unknown to the family until this week — stayed by her side while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

“He was really upset when Dodi was laying here unconscious he was up by the gravel kicking the dirt saying what’s taking them so long, what’s taking them so long to get here,” Dorothy’s sister Linda Marko told the news station.

I’m hoping he made her feel comfortable for those last couple moments, I’m hoping that he eased her mind a little bit so she didn’t have to go alone.

Marko was airlifted to a hospital but ultimately couldn’t be saved. She left behind two young children,

The young mother’s family had reached out to the media in the hope of identifying the man who cared for her in her last moments. And on Sunday, the man was identified as Cloyd.

Marko’s mother Dorothy told KXII-TV that she considers Cloyd a “guardian angel,” and says she hopes to meet him the next time his travels take him to Oklahoma.


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