Nurse working in hospital recognizes dying patient, after hit-and-run accident as her brother
A nurse in a California hospital, in the midst of a bustling Friday night shift, broke down in tears when she recognized the patient who was rushed in, dying, after a hit-and-run accident: her brother.
Jennifer Medina had no idea her brother Cesar, known as Andy, was the doomed John Doe patient on the doctor’s table until she and a coworker checked for identification.
“I recognized the wallet…and she opened it up and it was my brother’s face,” Jennifer told NBC Los Angeles.
“Everything just collapsed. I just couldn’t hold it together.”
Andy, 23, died from the crash, which happened around 10:10 p.m. in San Juan Capistrano.
The suspected driver, 19-year-old Andrew Christopher Michaels, was arrested Saturday night, police said.
Andy was in a crosswalk, with the right of way, when Michaels’ Dodge Ram truck struck him, causing him to fly 20 feet in the air, according to police and witnesses.
After becoming an unwitting witness to her brother’s death, Jennifer created a GoFundMe page for her family, hoping to raise $10,000. There, she wrote about the experience of working on the “day I feared the most.”
“The Dr. tried to bring his heart back but there was too much trauma to the brain,” she wrote.
“Andy had so many goals for his future and was taken from all of us too soon. I just want all the people he loved and loved him to get a chance to say their last good byes to him. “