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Driver’s quick thinking on Kellogg probably helped prevent crash

An unknown medical condition caused a motorist to pass out while driving Thursday on Kellogg near Woodlawn. Myles Bible used his pickup to stop the vehicle.
An unknown medical condition caused a motorist to pass out while driving Thursday on Kellogg near Woodlawn. Myles Bible used his pickup to stop the vehicle. Courtesy of KDOT

Myles Bible is a humble hero.

That’s why you won’t see a picture of the 59-year-old Wichitan with this story.

He didn’t want his picture taken Friday – a day after he helped save a man’s life and probably prevented a serious accident on a busy freeway.

And he wasn’t all that eager to talk about how he used his pickup to stop another vehicle on Kellogg after the driver had passed out.

“I did what I needed to do,” he said while sitting on his porch in west Wichita. “Now, I just let it go.”

Bible’s normal days include running his one-man kitchen and bath remodeling business. Thursday wasn’t a normal day, though.

He was coming back from a job at about 11:15 a.m. and was westbound in his Ford F350 on Kellogg near Woodlawn. Suddenly, an SUV just ahead of him hit the right retaining wall of an entrance ramp.

“There weren’t any brake lights,” Bible said. “No reaction.”

The SUV kept going on Kellogg, again veering to the right and striking another retaining wall, he said.

Bible pulled up beside the SUV and saw the driver flopped back in his seat and not responding.

“That’s when I sped up to get in front of him,” Bible said.

Going an estimated 20 to 25 mph, he gradually slowed his pickup down to stop the SUV.

“I had to get him shut down on Kellogg,” he said. “I knew there was going to be an impact.”

The SUV’s front bumper struck the pickup’s rear bumper. Bible gradually put on the brakes, stopping both vehicles off to the right.

Other vehicles whizzed by, but not all of them. Two other men stopped their vehicles so they could help. A nurse pulled over, then backed up.

The two men pulled the unresponsive man out of the SUV. The nurse performed CPR.

“We did it together,” Bible said.

An ambulance arrived and took the 57-year-old man to the hospital.

An unknown medical condition had caused him to pass out while driving, Wichita police Lt. Joe Schroeder said. The man was alive Friday, he added, but his condition wasn’t available.

Bible’s “actions saved this person’s life,” he said.

Schroeder said it’s not uncommon for a crash to be caused by a driver suffering a fatal medical condition. But some fatal crashes have occurred when a driver has been stricken by a medical condition that wasn’t life-threatening, he added.

Bible’s quick thinking and bold actions made sure that didn’t happen.

He shrugged it all off.

“In two days,” Bible said, “this is all going to go away.”

A picture would have shown he had a smile when he said that.

Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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