Family who survived crash looking for good Samaritans who helped them

Family who survived crash looking for good Samaritans who helped them

PITTSBURGH — A mother and her two children who survived a crash earlier this month caused by two men trying to run from police are looking for the good Samaritans who helped them.

Heather Bach was driving, with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia Bach, in the front seat and her 13-year-old son, Noah Bach, in the back, on Aug. 17 when a car involved in a police pursuit ran a red light on Route 51 at Woodruff Street and hit her car.


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“It turned green, and we are going through super slow and then it was just super black. I opened my eyes, and I was in excruciating pain,” Amelia said.

Amelia suffered internal bleeding, and a third of her intestine had to be removed. While her brother has since gone home, Amelia remains at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh recovering from the accident.

“I was very torn because they were both very hurt and there was one of me and I couldn't really tend to either one,” Heather said.

That’s why the family is now looking for the man and woman who jumped into action to help them.

“They were literally at my car before I could open my car door,” Heather said.

The woman helped Amelia to her own vehicle and laid her down on the front seat to wait for paramedics to arrive.

“She helped me and kept me alert. It was comforting me because I was in a lot of pain, so I just wanted to thank her for that,” Amelia said.

Heather said while the woman tended to Amelia, the man helped her son.

“(My son) did not want to sit in her car. He just wanted to stand, so this gentleman stood with him and eventually got him sitting on the ground,” she said.

The North Versailles family said they’ve been relying on their faith and support of friends to recover from the incident.

As for the two men officers were chasing, police said both had minor injuries and now face a number of charges.

“I'm still not angry with him. I was just more angry that this happened to my kids, this happening to my baby girl,” Heather said.