Prisilla Peggs, second from left, is recognized by Upshur County Commissioners Kristie Tenney, Sam Nolte and Terry Cutright.
Prisilla Peggs, second from left, is recognized by Upshur County Commissioners Kristie Tenney, Sam Nolte and Terry Cutright.

Woman recognized for taking quick action after she witnessed a man being hit by a car in Elkins

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission recently recognized a local resident for performing lifesaving measures after she witnessed a man get hit by a car in Randolph County.

Prisilla Peggs received a Certificate of Recognition during the March 18 Upshur County Commission meeting, where she relayed what happened.

“[My husband and I] went for a drive that day and ended up in Elkins. We were at a stoplight, in the turning lane, coming from Walmart and turning into GoMart,” Peggs said. “The light was red, and he walked through three lanes of traffic. He was right in front of our Jeep when the light on the other side started to turn yellow.

“My husband said, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to be hit, it’s going to be too close,’ and beeped the horn. He cleared our bumper, but the car coming from the other side just didn’t see him and hit him. Those are sights and sounds you never want to see.”

Peggs said she immediately got out to check on the man and called 911.

“I was out of the Jeep and at his side before the driver got out of his car, and I had 911 on the phone, telling them what I was doing,” Peggs said. “There were two doctors on the scene and they never touched him; it was crazy that no one was offering services for him. I got blankets out of the car and we covered him, I kept taking his pulse and made sure he was talking to me.”

Paramedics arrived a short time later.

“Paramedics got on scene, put him on the gurney, and that was the last time I laid eyes on him,” Peggs said. “He was doing pretty well when they got him on the gurney.”

Upshur County Commission president Kristie Tenney thanked Peggs for taking quick and compassionate action.

“I just want to thank you again,” Tenney said. “I know we have some firemen sitting behind you. I’m sure that they can attest that when someone sees something like that and is diligent, it sure helps them do their job.”

In other Upshur County Commission news:

  • The commission approved the James W. Curry Scholarship announcement and application for 2021.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Shane Jenkins, President of the W.Va. Strawberry Festival Board of Directors, requesting use of the Courthouse Plaza on May 13 through May 16. Jenkins further requested use of the Sheriff’s Department for associated services and assistance from the E911 Communications Center and Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as necessary.
  • The commission approved correspondence from Shanna Collins, President of the Rock Cave PTO, requesting the donation of Upshur County Recreational Park pool passes to be used as prizes during the “10 Day Spring Basket and Bag Bash” fundraiser.

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