Passersby stopped, climbed onto a car that had rolled on its side Wednesday and pulled a woman out through a shattered window after the car collided with an SUV at Rivers Avenue and Hawthorne Drive.
Sabrina Richards, whose GMC Jimmy landed passenger-side-down after the 2:40 p.m. collision, was released from Roper Northwoods hospital after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, North Charleston Director of Public Safety Communications Spencer Pryor said.
He said Richards was charged with failure to yield right of way.
Pryor said a red SUV was headed north on Rivers Avenue when several cars attempted to cross the highway at Hawthorne Drive. The SUV and the Jimmy collided. The driver of the SUV was not injured.
Among motorists who witnessed the wreck was Putu Johnson Gray, who lives near where the accident occurred. He pulled off the road and was the first to climb onto the passenger side of the car in an attempt to communicate with the Jimmy driver and render aid.
A second man joined Gray at the highest point of the flipped car and together they lifted Richards out through the passenger side window. After allowing her to sit momentarily on the side of the car, numerous passersby together carried Richards to a grassy area away from the wreck.
The impact of the two vehicles was heard inside nearby office buildings.
Gray said the collision seemed to be unfolding in slow motion. He was not sure at first whether his own car had been hit.
"It was like a movie, like we were watching it in slow motion," Gray said. "The first thing I thought is that she might have hit me."