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Man trying to help woman in parking lot finds himself victim of hit-and-run

The victim is 31-year-old Steven Richardson. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The victim is 31-year-old Steven Richardson. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
A soldier, Steven Richardson served two tours in Iraq as a prison guard. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A soldier, Steven Richardson served two tours in Iraq as a prison guard. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Valley veteran immediately stepped in when he saw a man dragging a woman across a parking lot.

But that man some are calling a hero is in critical condition at a Chandler hospital, after that suspect ran him over and took off.

That victim, 31-year-old Steven Richardson, and his friend Jeromy Cullen were headed to a Fry's on Riggs Road near McQueen in Chandler when they noticed that man physically abusing a woman behind a Jack In The Box restaurant in that same shopping center. As the man was trying to escape with the woman out of the parking lot he hit Steven at full speed. Witnesses say it was intentional.

"My husband was just trying to be a good Samaritan and he's the one that gets to pay for it," said Samantha Richardson, the victim's wife. She was very frank in telling us about her her husband current condition. "He has a skull fracture from the base of his skull up into his ear canal," she said.

His severe injuries are the result of a routine trip to the store Thursday evening with his friend Jeromy Cullen.

"We went to the store for macaroni and cheese," Cullen explained. As they pulled into the Riggs Road. shopping center something in the corner of their eye caught their attention. "We both stop and look and sure enough, he's got a hold of the woman's head, dragging her across the parking lot," Cullen said. As for what happened next Cullen said, "Instinct. We both reacted."

They tried stopping the man from leaving out of one of the many exits with the woman. Steven Richardson first tried pinning the man in the parking lot using his vehicle. But at some point Richardson got out of his truck.

"The guy came back towards him and Steve didn't move," Cullen said. That's when Cullen says the man gunned it straight for Richardson. "He went from barely a crawl to full acceleration."

The lot isn't that big. For Richardson, that didn't matter. "He went over the hood and into the windshield," Cullen added.

It isn't the first time the father of two boys has been seriously hurt. A soldier, he served two tours in Iraq as a prison guard. "I'm extremely proud of him, despite what it's got him into this situation," Samantha Richardson said regarding the violent hit and run.

Steven Richardson is now fighting for his life in an intensive care unit. That's unlike the man who was dragging that woman. "He got to go home and go to his family or do what he does every day," Samantha said.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the family.

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