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Car crash prompts Bill Foster to leap into Good Samaritan mode



St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster took a break from politics last weekend to serve as Good Samaritan.

Foster, his wife, daughter, and future son-in-law were crossing the Howard Frankland Bridge at about 9:15 p.m. just after a Honda Pilot SUV crashed head-on into the cement barrier on the roadside, after striking another car. The mayor saw a young woman crouched down by the retaining wall, and promptly pulled over to check on injuries and offer help.

The young woman, 16-year-old Olivia Snow Smith of St. Petersburg, was distraught but not seriously injured. Nor was anyone else injured.
Still, Foster remained on the scene comforting Smith and contacting her parents. I know this because I’m her father. He stayed on the scene at least 40 minutes, comforting her before I arrived.

“I stopped because I saw someone in need. That’s what we do,” said Foster, who initially worried someone might have been thrown over the wall.
“It was Divine providence - being in the right place at the right time.”

[Last modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:48pm]


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