'Hope they get repaid in this life.' Family thankful for strangers who helped woman critically hurt in LIE crash
The family of a Farmingville woman critically injured in a fiery crash on the Long Island Expressway is expressing thanks to the people who they say saved their loved one's life.
Police say the crash happened west of Exit 62 when the car struck the median, overturned and then burst into flames on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Susan Kaiser-Denise, 56, was pulled from the car by several people who saw the crash and then administered first aid. Others nearby called 911.
"We're super thankful to the men that, you know, put their own lives in danger to save her," says the victim's sister, Kimberly Kaiser-Larsen.
The Farmingville woman's daughter says her mother would not have survived without those selfless actions.
"They're so brave and valiant for what they did for us," says Jessica McCormick. "Hope they get repaid in this life for what they did for my mom."
Kaiser-Denise is in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital.
She suffered broken bones and lung damage, as well as second- and third-degree burns.
Family, friends and strangers donated over $29,500 so far to a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
Kaiser-Denise faces a long road to recovery, but her family says she has another chance at life thanks to the help of strangers.
"We just ask that people continue their prayers for her and help to pull her through," Kaiser-Larsen says.
Officials are continuing their investigation into what caused the crash.