CRAWFORDSVILLE - A Central Indiana father is crediting a group of teenagers for saving his wife's life.
Naomi Wolf, 28, was struck by a car while walking along State Road 32 E near State Road 47 in Crawfordsville early Sunday morning. The driver left her there to die. She survived, though, and her husband is thanking the teens that found her.
“I’m so so lucky, so blessed," said Barrett Wolf.
The teens were in a car and passed Wolf on the road just moments before she was hit. They stopped at a gas station and decided to go back and check on her.
"The young lady said that something had come over her. She told her boyfriend and her brother and his girlfriend that we need to get back there right now. I have a feeling that something has happened or is going to happen to that lady we saw walking. And they rushed back and they found her," Wolf explained.
The kids called 911, stayed with his wife and held her hand until an ambulance arrived. Her injuries were so serious, she was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
"I don’t think she would be with us today if it wasn’t for them young kids," said the father of two young children.
Wolf is also grateful to Crawfordsville Police and Detective Sergeant A.J. Rice who worked around the clock to track down 37-year-old Jason Baldridge. He was taken in and charged for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. It's a Level 5 felony.
“I just don’t understand how a grown man of 37 years could knowingly hit someone and then just drive away. And then you have these kids, 15, 16, 17… the oldest was 18 years old, to be able to react so quickly and come to her aid. What they did was absolutely heroic,” said Wolf. “I’m truly blessed and unbelievably thankful… that they were able to save the life of their mother, my best friend, the woman I love with all my heart.”
Naomi Wolf is still at St. Vincent Hospital.
According to Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman this is still an active investigation and anyone with any addition information are encouraged to contact Rice at 362-3762, ext. 216.