The wife of a former Pine Bluff resident who was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday and an Arkansas State Police trooper who was at the scene believe the man had “angels looking out for him.”
In this case, the angels were people who stopped to help after the accident, including medical professionals.
State Police Lt. David Sims said Wesley Rowe, 34, who now lives in Springdale, was southbound on Interstate 530 when the vehicle he was driving ran off the left side and hit a guardrail, then traveled down the guardrail for several hundred feet, ripping the vehicle open and ejecting Rowe, who was thrown about 100 feet from the spot where the vehicle landed.
Sims said a doctor and nurse were among the people who stopped to help Rowe and provided emergency treatment until an ambulance arrived.
“They helped to save his life,” Sims said.
Rowe’s wife, Terra, said Friday her husband was “stable but still in critical condition” and said the nurse, who she knew only as “Jamie” was waiting at the hospital when she arrived from Springdale.
“She said ‘I have a message for you from your husband. He said to tell you he loved you,’” Terra Rowe said. “I don’t know how to put into words how grateful I am to that nurse who rode in the ambulance with him and then stayed until I got there, and to that doctor and everybody else who stopped to help.”
The Rev. Walter Van Zandt Windsor, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, which the family attended before moving, also praised the actions of the people who stopped to help.
“There was extensive damage, but they did what they needed to do to get him to the hospital,” Windsor said Friday afternoon.
In an email earlier this week, Windsor said Rowe underwent surgery for about 12 hours and lost a leg.
“I cannot over emphasize the physical challenges, they are daunting, but Wesley, his family and extended family and friends are faithful and courageous Christians,” he said in the email.
Terra Rowe said her family had relocated at the end of February to Springdale, where Wesley is a compliance officer for a financial institution, and said he was on his way to Pine Bluff for a doctor’s appointment.
“I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support and prayers from the community,” Terra Rowe said.
The couple has two children, a son Wyatt, 8, and a daughter Carley, 5, and according to Windsor, they were baptized at Trinity and were part of the school community.
“They’re such a beautiful family and I was just sick when I heard about the accident,” Windsor said. “The faith that family has is going to keep them strong.
Terra Rowe said despite her husband being listed in critical condition, “His prognosis is good and we’re asking that people just continue to pray for a full recovery.”