Family of good Samaritan hit by car speaks out - Tucson News Now

Family of good Samaritan hit by car speaks out

Norma Santos (Source: Nayelley Santos) Norma Santos (Source: Nayelley Santos)

Norma Santos was hit by a car Wednesday, April 19, while helping someone push a stalled car on Tucson's south side. 

Nayelley Santos, Norma's sister, said Norma remains in critical but stable condition at Banner-University Medical Center. She's had surgery and has lost both her legs. 

Santos said she was at the scene near South Campbell and East Irvington roads just moments after the accident. 

"My thoughts ... dear God. Not my sister," Santos recalled. 

Santos said her daughter and Norma were on their way back from soccer practice when this happened. 

"She was hit by a car coming down Campbell southbound. He hit her and ran her over and pinned her under the car. My daughter right away called me and like I said, I live right around the corner. And I got there right before the ambulance and the cops," Santos said. 

Santos said she and the rest of their family isn't surprised to hear Norma was helping someone when this happened. This mother of three is a youth soccer coach and recently changed careers to help others. 

"She just recently graduated school. She wanted to do something different so she became a medical assistant," Santos said. 

Right now, the family is focused solely on helping Norma recover and return to her normal self.

"She's got this really funny hyena laugh that you know, you'd be embarrassed to go out to the movies with her because you're like, 'oh my god, you're embarrassing me.' But like my brother said just now, he'd give anything to go to the movies with her to hear that laugh," Santos said.

There is is a GoFundMe account sent up to help pay for medical expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/for-norma-santos-with-love

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