• 12-MAR-2013

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

2012 Good Samaritan of the Year Chosen by OnStar

Former hit-and-run victim comes to aid of desperate family on highway

Have you ever noticed a stranded vehicle or witnessed a vehicle crash? How did you react – did you stop to help?

Tyler Andrews, a victim of a serious hit-and-run accident in 2008, who took the time to "pay it forward" with a big-hearted act of kindness, has just been named the 2012 OnStar Good Samaritan of the year.

While driving onto the southbound entrance of the Dallas North Toll Way in his GMC Sierra Denali, Andrews noticed a Ford Expedition sitting in the middle of the ramp. Andrews pulled alongside the vehicle and found an unresponsive man, along with his wife and three daughters.

"I pushed my OnStar button the second I came upon the scene," explained Andrews. Working in tandem, two OnStar advisors spoke with Andrews. One obtained incident details and alerted emergency personnel. The second advisor provided pre-arrival medical instructions to Andrews so he could help revive the motorist. The paramedics and fire department arrived within minutes and provided medical assistance to the driver.

To acknowledge heroes like Andrews, OnStar has begun a Good Samaritan recognition program to honor motorists who go above and beyond to assist others. The OnStar recognition will be given in conjunction with National Good Samaritan Day, Wednesday, March 13.

Everyday OnStar receives hundreds of calls from subscribers who request emergency assistance on behalf of someone else in need of help. Since OnStar began in 1996, it has received more than 655,000 Good Samaritan requests.

Available content includes soundbites from Cathy Bishop, Global Emergency Outreach and Strategy Manager for OnStar, and Tyler Andrews.