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State police and good samaritans try to save woman with CPR

What seemed like a routine disabled car call quickly turned into a life-saving effort for one Virginia State Trooper.

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) — A call for a disabled car quickly turned into a life-saving effort for one Virginia State Trooper.

Virginia State Police Communications Center received a call Wednesday, November 14 for a disabled car in the right lane heading westbound on Interstate 64 disrupting the flow of traffic. The car was stopped just west of Settlers Landing Road.

Callers described the car as an SUV and said the driver was hunched over the steering wheel.

Trooper J. Brooks arrived on the scene and found the female driver, identified as Karen Lynn Wright, unresponsive. Wright's foot was on the brake, but her car was still in drive and the doors were locked.

Brooks advised Austin W. Wiggins, the SMART Traffic and VDOT employee on the scene, to block both lanes of traffic and to assist him with the driver. The trooper broke the drivers side window in order to gain access to the locked SUV.

He placed the vehicle in park and removed Wright from the car with Wiggins help. Once Wright was out of the vehicle, they immediately began administering CPR.

While Brooks and Wiggins were giving Write CPR, three good Samaritans stopped to assist with compressions. They began rotating two-man CPR techniques until Hampton medics and firefighters arrived.

Wright was transported to Hampton Careplex where she was later pronounced dead by staff despite the joint efforts made to keep her alive.

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