Posted on Jun 09, 2011
Something unusual happened after an accident on the East - West Connector near Camp Highland Road on Saturday May 21, 2011. At around 3 a.m., a Saturn SUV hit the guardrail on the bridge and spun out. 36-year-old Martreece Tyson, of Mableton, decided to stop and help the occupant of the SUV.

As Mr. Tyson stood on the bridge, an approaching vehicle hit the SUV. Mr. Tyson was left with the choice of remaining on the bridge and likely being hit by the vehicle or jumping off the 37 foot bridge into the unknown. He only had a few seconds to make up his mind.

Mr. Tyson chose to jump. He landed on an abandoned railroad line. He suffered a broken arm and leg in his fall. Despite his fall, he was able to maintain possession of his cell phone and call 911. Rescuers were able to reach him and transport him to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

The driver who caused the initial crash has been charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. She has been identified as 26-year-old Rozina Virani, of Austell.

Mr. Tyson is being recognized as a good Samaritan who had to make a difficult decision because he stopped to help another motorist. We wish Mr. Tyson a full and speedy recover following his Smyrna accident injuries.

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