Man stranded from crash helped by off-duty cop

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Updated: 7/14 10:57 pm

COLONIE, N.Y. – A man left stranded on the side of the road after a crash was helped by an off-duty cop.

 “I decided to take Pollock Road. It’s a back way to Cohoes,” Chad Yetto said.

Yetto was on his way home from the doctor’s office on July 8. He said the road was dark and desolate, and a deer shot out in front of him as he was coming around a bend.

“I’ve seen them along the side of the road, but I’ve never had an encounter with a deer, so I tried to swerve around him,” he said. “And I kind of hooked in right towards the pole.”

Yetto’s vehicle hit a service pole.

“As soon as I hit, it felt like everything tightened up,” he said. “I couldn’t feel my legs. I couldn’t walk.”

Yetto was already recovering from having back surgery in January, and he could barely move after the impact.

“I opened the door up, and I kind of rolled out of the car,” he described.

Yetto was stunned after the accident but hopeful someone would stop.

“Three different people passed me,” he said. “Didn’t stop. Just kept going.

Off-duty Troy police officer Greg Kehrer was leaving the gym with his fiancée and on his way to dinner when he rounded the curve by Yetto’s accident.

“I just saw it was a red car with a pedestrian laying beside it,” he said.

Kehrer pulled over and got out to help. Yetto’s vehicle was smoking, and Kehrer said he could tell Yetto was in pain.

Kehrer picked Yetto up and moved him to safety.

“He was also on a blind corner,” Kehrer said. “I didn’t want to him to get struck by another vehicle.”

Kehrer said it’s just part of his civic duty.

“You don’t have to be an officer to help someone,” he said. “It would’ve been nice if other people helped him. You could obviously tell that he was in some kind of trouble.”

But Yetto said it was an act he wouldn’t forget.

“Greg, you’re a great guy, and I owe you,” he said. “Like I said, three people passed me. Nobody helped me. You and your fiancée were the only ones that stopped, and I’m forever thankful.”

Kehrer stayed with Yetto until paramedics arrived. Yetto was taken to the hospital, treated and released. His car suffered around $9,000 worth of damage, and the deer went unharmed.

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