Man stops 94-year-old woman driving wrong way on highway

Man stops wrong-way driver on highway
Thomas Prado (Source: KCBD Video)
Thomas Prado (Source: KCBD Video)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's a sight no one wants to see while driving 75 miles an hour on a highway, a car coming full speed, right at you.

That's what one Lubbock man saw while driving a transit van last week. He was out delivering for his job but went out of his way to help a 94-year-old woman before it was too late.

Thomas Prado posted the whole encounter on Facebook and it has gone viral, with almost 2,000 likes.

As a delivery driver, Thomas Prado drives over 500 miles per day. He says he's seen a lot, but nothing like this.

"I've never seen anything close to it," Prado said.

What he saw was a 94-year-old woman driving down Highway 183 between Seymour and Mabelle, TX, on the wrong side of the road.

"I remember sitting there and I just thought please don't let this be her day," Prado said. "Don't let today be the day she moves on."

Prado wasn't going to let that happen. He tried multiple times, but she didn't stop.

"It's like I don't know if she just didn't see me or just didn't understand fully what the situation was," he said.

He was determined to save her, but time was ticking down as she was quickly approaching a bridge.

"I know the bridge is coming and I can see the bridge. All I'm thinking is that if we go over that bridge and it separates, there's no way to get across to her," he said.

In a split second, Prado cut across the grass to get in front of her. Thankfully, she stopped, but he knew she was confused.

"I asked do you have anyone I can call and all she told me was I have a cat. When she told me that all I remember is that I thought I want to get you home to your cat," he said.

Prado got her to safety and looking back at it, he wouldn't change anything.

"I am extremely happy I did that and how kindhearted I was putting myself in harm's way. I didn't even see it that way. Now looking back, I could have been the one got it, but I wasn't thinking, at the time my priority was her," Prado said.

Since all this happened, Thomas's video has gotten over 1,500 likes and hundreds of shares.

He said he doesn't want any praise, he just hopes people take his message and that's to look after the elderly in anyway you can.

Prado said the police told him the elderly woman is said to be okay.

To see the post, click here. Please note, this unedited video does contain some graphic language.

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