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Angel of the roadside

PUBLISHED: 22:06 21 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:56 02 March 2010

A MYSTERY nurse who helped save a seriously injured motorcyclist's leg can today be identified – and receive her much-deserved thanks.

Two off-duty nurses stopped to help 23-year-old Dean Goldsmith, left lying in the road with his thighbone sticking out after a hit-and-run accident, but they left before anybody could find out their names.

A MYSTERY nurse who helped save a seriously injured motorcyclist's leg can today be identified – and receive her much-deserved thanks.

Two off-duty nurses stopped to help 23-year-old Dean Goldsmith, left lying in the road with his thighbone sticking out after a hit-and-run accident, but they left before anybody could find out their names.

Paramedics Lisa Gardiner and Anthony Brett, from Ipswich Ambulance Station, attended the scene.

They told The Evening Star that the nurses' help was instrumental in helping save Mr Goldsmith's leg – and appealed for them to come forward.

It can now be revealed that one of the nurses was Claire Krickova, who works at The Bartlet Hospital, Felixstowe.

Mrs Krickova, 50, of Ipswich Road, Holbrook, said she was on her way home from work when she came across the accident in Wherstead.

She said: "It must have only happened a few minutes before I got there. I got out to help.

"Dean was lying in the road and he had obviously broken his leg – the bone was sticking out – and he was in quite a lot of pain.

"There were another couple of people who had stopped and there was another nurse. I have no idea who she is but I think she lives in Holbrook or Shotley because I have seen her before."

Mrs Krickova, who helped by holding Dean's head, said: "We were just trying to reassure him and keep him still until the ambulance arrived.

"I am pleased he is doing well. I didn't know his surname so I couldn't find out who he was. I'm pleased he has kept his leg."

Mr Goldsmith, of Blake Avenue, Shotley, said: "I just want to say thanks for everything they did and thinking quickly on their feet."

Miss Gardiner said: "We're delighted that we're now able to speak to Claire and say thank you for all her help.

"It makes a real difference when patients and their relatives write to thank us for what we've done, so it only seems right that we make the effort to contact people who have helped us."

Do you know the identity of the second mystery nurse? Contact the newsdesk by phoning 01473 324788, e-mailing starnews@eveningstar.co.uk or writing to The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

The accident happened around 2.25pm on Saturday, May 21, on the B1456 in Wherstead, close to the foot of the Orwell bridge. Mr Goldsmith, who was writing a Suzuki bike, was in collision with a Ford Fiesta that left the scene.

Police arrested two people later that afternoon, but they have been released without charge. They are still searching for the driver.

If you have any information, contact Pc Annie Taylor at the force headquarters' roads policing unit on 01473 613500.


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