Good Samaritans rush to help Akron man injured in violent motorcycle accident

Good Samaritans rush to help Akron man injured in violent motorcycle accident

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) – An Akron man is thankful to be alive after being hit by a car on his motorcycle on his way to work.

Donald Cunningham, 27, was driving down North Main Street to his bodyshop on Monday morning when he was hit by a van. Without hesitation, neighbors ran from their homes and drivers jumped out of their cars to help him.

“My husband literally told me everyone got out and surrounded him, surrounded him so we appreciate North Hill so much we really do, I didn’t even want to cry but if it wasn’t for them he wouldn’t be living well now and I really appreciate that,” said his wife, Brittani Kelley.

Cunningham did not come out of this accident unscathed. He’s in Akron City Hospital with a broken spine. He has a compound fracture to his leg and his lung has collapsed.

“He’s confident you know he’ll recover from this,” his wife said. “I mean, his leg is pretty bad, but for the most part, he’s just lucky to be alive.”

Kelley says that if the North Hill community wasn’t there, she’s afraid her husband wouldn’t be here.

“I appreciate this community,” she said. “We get a bad reputation here, but we all take care of each other, that’s what we do here, we have each other’s backs and I appreciate everyone doing that for him.”

Mark Wagoner was one of the neighbors who came to Cunningham’s aid.

“I had the doors open because it was a beautiful morning and suddenly I heard this big thump,” Wagoner recalls.

Wagoner says accidents are common in his North Hill neighborhood and this isn’t the first time he’s come to the rescue.

“One time my car flipped over, someone was trapped under the dashboard and that was about 2pm,” Wagoner said. “So they’re going to do a complete renovation of North Main Street. They should put a roundabout here.”

Wagoner said helping others is just in his nature.

“I don’t know if it’s just the way I’ve always been, I always want to be there to help people,” he said. “My father was a volunteer firefighter for many years when he lived in Bath Township, and I always got in his car and drove with him to his calls.”

Cunningham’s wife said he will have surgery on his leg all day Wednesday and a skin graft on Monday. She hopes he will be out of the hospital in the coming weeks.

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