A man who lost control of his vehicle and somehow landed upside down on the spout of the Highland Park fountain last week says he’s alive because of the heroic actions of one woman.
Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan spoke to Darrel Murphy from his hospital bed Wednesday, where he remains in recovery from the accident.
Murphy said he doesn’t remember much, but he does remember a woman coming to his rescue and keeping his head above the water.
“I know I was upside down in the car and I could feel the water coming over me,” Murphy said. “I felt the water going in my face. I remember her taking my head and pulling it up from the water so I wouldn’t drown.”
The woman, who just so happens to be a doctor as well, helped Murphy until emergency crews arrived.
“The lady that helped out at that time, I was very grateful for her. A wonderful woman,” said Murphy.
Murphy suffered neck and back injuries from the accident and is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks.
The 78-year-old said he is happy to be recovering and is looking forward to thanking his rescuer and all of the first responders in person.
“I want to thank them for coming to my rescue and helping me out,” Murphy said.
It’s still not clear what caused Murphy to lose control and how the car landed directly on the fountain.