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People 'Took Photos' While Woman Died In Car Crash

| by David Bonner

One man tried to save a woman in a car crash, but others at the scene reportedly stood around and "took photos," reported the Daily Mail.

Dorothy "Dodi" Marko, 25, died on April 23 when she crashed her truck into a tree while driving on an Oklahoma highway in Choctaw County, KXII reported.

The truck burst into flames, and by the time Dodi managed to climb out, most of her clothes had burned off her, explained her family.

A truck driver stopped at the scene to help her until emergency crews arrived. Other drivers reportedly stood by and snapped pictures. Dodi was flown to a nearby hospital, but died of her injuries.

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Her family wanted to thank the truck driver, because "he comforted her when we couldn't," said Dodi's mother, Brenda Marko.

"With all my heart I want to thank him," added Dodi's sister, Linda Marko. "He was really upset when Dodi was lying here unconscious. He was up by the gravel kicking the dirt saying, 'What's taking them so long, what's taking them so long to get here.' I'm hoping he made her feel comfortable for those last couple moments. I'm hoping that he eased her mind a little bit so she didn't have to go alone."

After the family contacted news stations in an effort to find the truck driver, they learned he is Darrell Cloyd, from Ohio.

Cloyd was not originally scheduled to be on that particular highway that day, but he took a wrong turn and ended up there accidentally. When he saw the truck on fire, he sprung into action.

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Marko family members are hoping to meet Cloyd the next time he is driving through the area, so they can thank him in person.  

In February, the National Safety Council released its annual traffic fatality estimates, which show a 6 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, reports The New York Times.

According to the statistics, 2016 was the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year.

Safety advocates point to data suggesting an increase in distracted driving, blaming smartphone apps like Facebook, Google Maps and Snapchat.

Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, put most of the blame on old-fashioned causes. "It’s still the same things that are killing drivers -- belts, booze and speed," he said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly one-half of all traffic fatalities involve people not wearing seat belts, and almost one-third involve drivers who were impaired by drugs or alcohol.

What caused the crash that killed Dodi was not reported, but her family members say they are comforted by the heroic action of Cloyd, referring to him as an "angel."

Sources: KXII, Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: Leestilltaolcom/Pixabay

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