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Bystanders Raced to Help Woman Hit by Car

After Monday's crosswalk accident in Laguna Niguel, one directed traffic, one retrieved the victim's severed leg and others offered physical comfort until paramedics arrived.

In the wake of Monday's gruesome crosswalk accident on Moulton Parkway, a number of Good Samaritans came to the rescue.

Armed with umbrellas and blankets, they stopped to direct traffic, comfort the victim and even retrieve her severed leg.

The scene unfolded around 2:45 p.m. when Mariam Hedayati, 43, was hit by a silver Honda Civic as she walked across Moulton Parkway at Aliso Niguel.

"My husband and I were driving northbound on Moulton when I saw the body, and I jumped out of the car to see if I could help," said one woman, a San Joaquin Hills resident who asked not to be identified. "I then saw the leg lying about 30 feet across the street. A lot of people were helping and bringing towels, blankets. I took a towel and gently placed the leg in a bag. Things were chaotic, and people were everywhere. Everyone jumped into aid mode."

One person pulled a beach umbrella out of a car trunk to help shade Hedayati until paramedics arrived. And a retired police officer covered Hedayati with a blanket, the woman said.

"We wanted to keep her cool because it was so darn hot," she said. "He [the retired officer] knew exactly what to do, and checked to see if she had a pulse. I honestly couldn't understand how someone could have survived something like that. He gently moved her head to the side, and I saw she was breathing."

When deputies and paramedics arrived, the woman gave them the bagged leg, which still had a shoe and sock on it.

"My husband was directing traffic and the guy who hit her was sitting on the curb crying, clearly shaken, and his arms were bleeding," she said. "I didn’t see the accident happen, but I just did what I could to help."

She added: "When we first moved into San Joaquin, there wasn't even a light at Aliso Niguel and Moulton. I’m not sure if people are driving faster; I just think they are not paying attention. At first, I saw a lot of papers all over and thought maybe it was a kid who was hit coming home from school."

Hedayati remained in critical condition at Mission Hospital, officials said. It was not clear if doctors were able to save her leg.

Ross Chun October 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Where was this accident? What were the cross streets?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Ross: Please see our other stories on this article as we have been reporting on it since it happened. There are links in each story to the other reports. Moulton and Aliso Niguel in LN.
Jeff Santoni October 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Appreciate the updates.
Jodie October 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
God bless the person who retrieved the leg and placed it in a bag. I don't think I could have done that. It's nice hearing about so many people who jumped in to help.
Shirley October 03, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Jodie, we never know what we will do or can do in situations like this. I have never encountered anything like this but have found I'm much stronger that I realize in emergencies. I always hate to hear about people that will live with these memories the remainder of their lives. God bless the wonderful samaratin.
Sandy Barker October 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Thank you for the updates Debbie. I am thankful for all of the people who took action to help the woman. I'm sure her family appreciates every one of you. She is in our prayers.
uscmommy88 October 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Thank you Debbie for the updates I will keep the woman in my prayers. I too am thank for the people who helped both the Driver & the Pedistrian . Is there any idea how she is doing?
Ross Chun October 04, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Thanks Debbie. I misread the description and thought it was Moulton and Aliso Creek.
Ashley King October 04, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Very blessed for all of these wonderful people!! I continue to look for updates in her. Haven't been able to get her out of my head.... Praying for her and her family!!!
Ashley King October 04, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Oops. On her *
Joanie Bienemann October 04, 2012 at 08:45 AM
My husband was in the ER at Mission Hospital at the time when the intercom said code red. Quickly the medical staff was brought up to speed before Mariam was brought in by ambulance. It certainly got my attention and I sent huge prayers for Mariam and family. I've been thinking of her since Monday and hope she will survive this traumatic experience. Prayers go out to you Mariam and your loved ones.
Farshid October 04, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I also thought I saw Laguna Creek sign in the picture with the Police man in it posted. Am I wrong? Was the accident really at the intersection of Alisio Niguel & Moulton PKWY?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Jeff: I went from UFO coverage to accidents!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Jodie: Me, either, a true saint.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Shirl: She is a true heroine, I doubt I would have had the courage.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sandy: My pleasure, it is my job to keep readers up to date. There were many people out there that day that gave their all.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:19 PM
USC: She remains in critical condition and I am told she has many broken bones. No word on her leg, however.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Ashley: Many ave asked, all I know to date is she is in the hospital and remains in critical condition. I am hoping someone who knows her will reach out me.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Joanie: She has a lot of people in her corner, let's hope their prayers are heard and she recovers.
Jeffrey Miller October 05, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I will pray for this woman and her family.
Celine Hayek October 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I have been checking this blog daily to get updates. It's so nice to be able to check up on a site and know how much people care and be able to get the latest information. My heart goes out to Maryam and her family.
H October 07, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Any more news on Maryam's condition...I live in the gate community on Aliso Niguel, and trying to see if her family needs any help.
Kitty Kat October 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Godspeed on her recovery and kudos to the good people that cared for her. Just reading from the story and posts, I hope the driver is ok as well. I'm sure the accident was horrible experiance for all involved.
Engines October 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
What is Merriam's current status Debbie? I think about her and her family every day.

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