LAKEVILLE — A crash on Route 140 in Lakeville on Monday saw the driver hospitalized but left a four-year-old passenger uninjured — and one anonymous passerby comforted the little girl until help arrived.
The Lakeville fire department said crews responded to the single-car crash on Route 140 south just north of the County Street exit just after 4:30 p.m. Monday.
The car collided with several trees after leaving the highway, according to the department.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle, sustaining injuries described by the department as "significant," and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance.
A four-year-old passenger was unharmed in the crash as she was properly restrained in a car seat, the fire department noted.
The child was also taken to Providence.
Before first responders arrived, the department said a passing motorist stopped to help the crash victims.
According to the department, the unknown woman comforted the little girl until ambulance crews arrived.
They said she was able to calm the upset child — even getting her to smile and laugh.
The Lakeville Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post, "We do not know the good samaritan’s identity but would like to say thank you!"
They also thanked the Freetown Fire Department for sending assistance.
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