Plymouth student dashes to save French teen hit by taxi
A STUDENT rushed to the rescue of a teenager whose body was "launched into the air" after being hit by a car.
Twenty-five-year-old Jo Devall was crossing the road with a group of friends near Plymouth University's Roland Levinsky building when he saw the youngster strike the car and "drop to the ground".
The first year Ocean Exploration student said he immediately dropped his bag and ran through two lanes of traffic to get to the casualty.
Jo, who has been trained in first aid, said "instinct" just took over.
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Police and paramedics were called to Coburg Street, near to the Money Centre, at around 1.30pm yesterday after reports that two young French students had been hit by a taxi while crossing the road.
Jo said when he got to the 16-year-old girl, who had suffered the brunt of the impact with the vehicle, he made sure she was breathing and conscious before dealing with her obvious injuries.
"She had trauma to the left hand side of her head with substantial bleeding," he said.
Jo, who lives on the Hoe, removed his jumper and tried to stem the bleeding as best as possible while making sure the girl stayed still to ensure she didn't sustain further injury.
He said: "Another member of the public called the emergency services and I took over the call to clarify what was happening.
"Then I kept talking to the girl, made sure she remained conscious, kept her warm and stemmed the bleeding as best I could.
"She was in quite a confused state and didn't understand the gravity of the situation."
When paramedics arrived at the scene, Jo said he informed them of what information he had and stepped back to let them do their job.
"The skills I've learnt 100 per cent helped me to treat the girl", he said. "The key was just to be incredibly calm. I did what I was capable of doing and can't comment on what would've happened if I wasn't there. The injury to the side of her head seemed quite significant."
When asked by The Herald if he considered himself to be a hero, Jo said he just did what anyone with his skill set would have done.
The 16-year-old girl, and a boy of a similar age, were taken to Derriford Hospital with "soft tissue" injuries, which were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Thankfully it would appear that their injuries are not serious. No action is being taken against the taxi driver at this time."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting log number 344 of October 25.