Psychiatrist responds to car crash


Scott Blvd. and school zone speed limit

Jude Holmes

On Saturday, April 24th, a Lakeside couple’s prom was ruined, two cars were totaled and an eight year old was left motherless.

Before the prom, Psychiatrist Liz Frye was gardening in her front yard when she heard the crash. It was only two houses down from Frye on Scott Blvd.

“It was incredibly loud” she said, “I knew immediately that it was awful.”

Frye was one of the first to approach the scene.

“When I first went up to the crash, I wasn’t thinking anything,” she said.

She was able to use her medical training to help the people involved in the crash. After assessing the student’s car, Frye went to the other car to check for injuries.

“The first thing I noticed in the car was the eight year old girl,” she said. “[She] was barely conscious and moving when I came up to the car.”

The little girl was still breathing, but badly injured.

“It was kind of horrifying,” Frye said.

The mother was thrown to the passenger seat by the force of the crash.

“She was very clearly pinned into the car, there was no way to get her out,” Frye said. “I wasn’t sure if she was dead or not.”

Frye sent one of her neighbor’s sons into her house to grab a stethoscope.

“I was able to listen to [the woman’s] heart and it sounded like there was a faint heartbeat, but there was nothing we could do for her,” she said. “I felt somehow that she was probably still alive, but just barely so.”

“The police took over and I just sort of sat at the side of the road for a minute. I guess, just trying to calm my nerves,” she said.

Frye sat with the teen driver on the side of the road for a couple of minutes before going back inside.

“I don’t think my pulse went back to normal for a couple of hours,” she said. “I started to cry.”

Frye’s medical training kicked in helping her stay professional in the middle of the action.

“I think I was just in shock,” she said. “The worst part about it was not knowing if the woman was alive or dead.”

A couple days later, Frye found out that the woman was dead.

“I, in some sense or another, just felt relieved to know.” she said. “I felt like I was able to grieve.”

The teenagers were riding in a grey Dodge Charger going over 100mph.

“It’s definitely going to affect [the driver] for the rest of his life in kind of a guilt and emotional way,” Frye said, “and I just feel sad for him.”

Scott Blvd. and school zone speed limit
Scott Blvd. and school zone speed limit