If you ask any victim of an impaired driving crash, they’ll tell you they can remember the smallest details. Maybe it was how the headlights drove straight toward them, or maybe they remember what it felt like to be removed from the vehicle after the crash. No matter what it is that they remember, the crash will stay with the victim for the rest of their lives.
The people who helped the victim will also stay with them, and although it’s been 20 years since her crash, Laura Beauparlant still remembers a kind stranger who stopped to hold her hand after she was hit by an impaired driver.
The crash happened when she was 18 years old and heading home after a weekend in Guelph, Ontario. After she was hit head on, she landed in the ditch and was strapped in her vehicle with severe injuries. Martin Meres witnessed the crash and pulled over to offer assistance, and he sat with Laura and held her hand until the paramedics arrived. It was only 2 to 3 minutes, but Meres said it felt like an eternity while he talked to her and tried to keep her mind off of her injuries.
As the years went by and Beauparlant recovered from her physical and emotional injuries, she thought of the man who stopped to help her but she had no idea who he was. It wasn’t until she posted on Facebook about the crash and asked anyone if they had an idea of who he was that someone stepped up and said they did. Her post was shared thousands of times, and that’s when the two reconnected.
For his part, Meres didn’t realize his act of kindness had made such a large impression on the crash victim, but to Laura, he was her hero and she had always wanted to say thank you. It’s nice to know that she had the chance to do so.