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Woman rushes to give CPR to pedestrian hit by car

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Katie Anthony provided CPR on a wreck victim on Sunday. (WSMV) Katie Anthony provided CPR on a wreck victim on Sunday. (WSMV)

In a traumatic moment, a woman jumped into action. She hoped to save the life of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle.

"I think we're placed in places for a reason," said Katie Anthony of Springfield.

Anthony's mother is a 40-year critical care nurse. Anthony herself got CPR certified working at a YMCA.

"You just don't ever expect to use it," she said.

Sunday night in Springfield, Anthony said she learned why she was meant to have that background.

On Industrial Drive, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a car ran off the roadway and hit Devante Brooks who was walking on the grass.

Anthony said she saw it happen and came running, her mind on one thing.

"To save him, that was it," she said. "He had a small pulse at first, then he didn't have a pulse. I did small compressions. You try not to think about it. You just go in that mode. You do what you've got to do to take care of that person. You just have to do it. He wasn't looking good at all. I was afraid he wasn't going to survive."

Anthony said witnesses Jackie and Justin Rogers were there to help.

"One called 9-1-1, and her husband actually helped me turn him over on his side so he didn't aspirate," said Anthony.

The THP has not said if there will be any charges on the driver. Brooks was rushed to Vanderbilt in critical condition.

"I just hope he's OK," said Anthony. "I know I don't know him, but I really hope he pulls through because he's got young children, and I'm a mom of two young children. I don't want the recognition from it. It's something I'd hope someone would do for my family and my kids. If you see someone, help them because that could make the difference whether they live or they die."

"I'd like to help his children and his family any way I can," Anthony continued, thinking about Brooks. "I would love to get to meet him and his kids. I hope so. I really do. I don't know what I'd do without being around my children and watching them grow up. I don't need to be thanked as long as he's OK."

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