The driver who reached out to Dorothy Marko after her accident April 23 Darrell Cloyd who drives for RDF Logistics.
HUGO, Okla. — A grieving Oklahoma mother has reached out to the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in hopes of locating a professional truck driver who stopped to help her fatally-injured daughter about 5:30 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 70 just west of Hugo in southwest Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said Dorothy Marko, 25, of Hugo was driving her truck on the highway when she ran off the road and overcorrected, causing her truck to cross the other side of the highway, crash into a tree and burst into flames.
The family contacted Lindsay Lawler, spokesperson for TCA’s Highway Angel program, and TCA has pledged to the family that the organization will do everything possible to find the driver.
Marko’s mother, Brenda Marko, told TCA that as her daughter’s truck burned with her still trapped inside, multiple drivers slowed and stopped to take pictures of the crash scene, but only one person stopped to help her, a professional truck driver.
The driver helped her escape through the back of her vehicle as her clothes were burning off of her body, and comforted her by the side of the road as she fell further into unconsciousness while they waited for EMS to arrive. When EMS eventually arrived, they airlifted Dorothy to McKinney, Texas, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Brenda Marko said she desperately hopes to find the anonymous professional truck driver who so selflessly sought to help her daughter, to thank him for stopping when no one else would and for comforting Dorothy in her final conscious moments.
According to television station KXII, which serves southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas, when emergency crews arrived at the scene, they told the family that the truck driver was visibly upset but continued to stay by Marko’s side.
“And [he was] screaming, ‘She’s just a baby. She’s just a baby.’ With all my heart, I want to thank him,” Brenda Marko said. “At least he comforted her when we couldn’t.”
“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,” Linda Marko, Dorothy’s sister, told KXII.
If you have any information about who this truck driver might be, please contact TCA at (703) 838-1950 or e-mail Angel@truckload.org.
Since its inception in August 1997, TCA’s Highway Angel program has recognized hundreds of professional truck drivers for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. Their good deeds range from simple acts of kindness, such as fixing a flat tire, to heroic life-saving efforts, such as pulling someone from a burning vehicle and administering CPR.