“I just felt so helpless”: Witnesses react to seeing man on side of the road in hospital gown

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- Two local women say they were concerned for the well being of a man they saw walking on the side of the road.

Thursday, just after 3:50 p.m., Fort Wayne Police and other first responders were called out to the intersection of Reed Road and Woodstock Drive to reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Multiple witnesses said they saw the man walking on the side of the road wearing only a hospital gown and tall black socks. Candace Moore said she was just following her normal routine when she spotted the man.

“I was driving my normal route for Black Hawk Christian, I picked up my daughter from school.” Moore said.

Both Moore and Sherry Keller said they saw they man and became very worried.

“I was totally confused, had no idea what was going on but I knew it wasn’t right.”  Keller said.

Both women said they made a call to 911, and the dispatcher told them they had already received multiple calls from numerous people.

“It was very frustrating as a bystander not to be able to help him and not seeing anybody be able to help him.” Keller said.

She said she was determined to stay near him hoping he would receive the help he needed.

“I felt just felt so helpless, I felt helpless to the extent that I was ready to pull over and put this man in my car if I could, and that goes against everything I believe about safety but I was willing to do that because I was feeling so desperate for this man,” Keller said.

Police confirmed with WPTA21, they received a call about someone suffering from mental illness walking along Reed Rd, but they weren’t able to confirm where he was coming from.

“I can relate with having thoughts because I have experienced depression and anxiety myself, so mental health I feel like Fort Wayne hasn’t done a good job of making it not a stigma.” Moore said.

Moore worked for the Rescue Mission for 11 years and said her experience working there lead her to believe the man needed help. She says she just wishes it would have ended differently.

“I just feel like the guy didn’t get the help he needed and I just know how it feels to be in that position and want someone like desperately want someone just to ask me if I’m OK.” Moore said.

Here in Fort Wayne, resources such as the Bowen Center, NAMI Fort Wayne, and Park Center Inc. are all available if you are someone else you know is struggling.

If you or someone else you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts call 1-800-273-8255

 

Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet

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