Findlay family credits 'hero' nurse for letting them say 'goodbye' to loved one

TOLEDO It is one of those famous "What If?" questions.

What if you were on your way to work and saw someone laying in the street after an accident?

Would you stop?

And how far would you go to help save their life?

For a Findlay nurse the answer is pretty far.

Lynette Karley is a nurse with critical care experience and she was headed to her job at a Findlay urgent care on the morning of September 27th. That's when she says she saw a man lying in the street bleeding heavily.

Turns out he was 55-year old Kenny Bender, a developmentally disabled man who had been the victim of a hit and run car accident. He'd been hit while riding his bike on Main Street in Findlay.

Lynette pulled over and immediately started life saving treatment.

"His mouth started to fill up with blood and I wanted to keep his airway open," says Karley.

She instructed others who had stopped to call 911 while she continued life saving care.

"I used my hands to scoop out blood. I just kept telling him I was there with him and help was on it's way and just to stay with me the whole time."

Karley was able to keep Kenny alive until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital. It also allowed Kenny's family to get to the hospital to spend what would be his last days with him.

He died a couple of days later, but he was able to know his family was there.

Kenny's sister Judith Hutton says she doesn't have the words to thank Lynette.

"The fact that somebody stopped. And somebody would help another person lying on the ground bleeding to death and clean blood clots out of him and give him a chance," says Hutton. "She gave us a chance to speak with Kenny and to let him know that he was loved and that he was safe that his family was there for him."

Police say the driver the car that hit Kenny was later arrested. 36-year old Cory Conley was taken into custody on drug charges while additional charges against him are pending.