Victim in crash before good Samaritan's truck was stolen condemns cowardly crime

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Security footage of the crash that left one truck totaled and anther stolen shows the chain of events that started when a driver ran a red light and was T-boned by a truck. A good Samaritan stopped to check on the survivors. That's when the driver who ran the red light jumped out, hopped in the good Samaritan's truck, and sped away.

"The guy ran a red light. I hit him," Daniel Martin said.

Martin was heading to work at a nearby construction site when the crash happened.

"Next thing I know, I wake up in the middle of two lanes," Martin said.

After the crash, the red-light runner went east on Mount Vernon Street. That's where the good Samaritan stopped to help, leaving Martin stranded in the intersection.

"Lady asking me if I'm alright, and I said 'Yeah, I think so,'" Martin said.

While the good Samaritan was stopped to help the driver who ran the light, that man jumped in the good Samaritan's truck and sped away.

"I apologized to him. I said, 'Sir, I'm sorry.' You know, what can you do? You know, a guy like that stopped and tried to help someone and then he loses stuff too? That's not right," Martin said.

Martin says, with that man's truck taken and his own truck totaled, the thief got away with a cowardly crime.

"It doesn't just hurt me, it hurts my family. It hurts that guy, his family," Martin said. "If he was any kind of a man, he would have stayed there and accepted the responsibility of what he done. Now I have to carry the brunt of what he did -- me and that other guy."

Martin says, above all, he's thankful to be alive and able to work to earn a living.

"That's all I am is an honest guy. I pay my bills," Martin said.

Now, he says, he has to start over when it comes to transportation.

"Ten years, I worked ten years to get that truck brand new. Hard work. You know. Now it's gone," Martin said.

Police says they're still looking for the man who caused the crash. That driver left his passenger, who was also in the car during the crash, at the scene. That person was taken to a hospital.