THE witness who performed CPR on a woman who was hit by a car in Wondunna on Sunday morning has been acknowledged by Hervey Bay paramedics for his work.
After coming across the scene not long after it happened on Gilston Rd, the witness performed CPR on the 32-year-old Hervey Bay woman until paramedics arrived.
The paramedics were able to revive the woman, and she was transported to hospital in a critical condition.
Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Martin Kelly told the Chronicle the witness had "essentially saved the woman's life" and "certainly made the patient more viable to be revived".
"He played a big role in helping paramedics," Mr Kelly said.
"In successful resuscitation, you need to have early CPR and early access to life support, and essentially in this case that has occurred; he started CPR and she was viable."
The supervisor said the incident on Sunday morning was an example of why people in the community should know basic first aid.
"Some people won't step forward and do CPR, obviously this guy has and that should be commended," he said.
"Whatever the final outcome is, he's given her a much better chance."
Mr Kelly said CPR was not an easy task, and those who do it should seek counselling.
"We have support systems around for our staff when they go to something that's really bad and we would encourage anybody that's been involved in something like to go and seek assistance," he said.
The woman has been airlifted to Brisbane in a critical condition.
The 41-year-old male driver, who was helping police with their enquiries, has been released.
UPDATE 10.10AM: POLICE believe a 32-year-old woman who was critically injured in a crash on Gilston Rd exited a moving car before being run over.
Initial investigations indicate about 5.30am, the woman was a passenger in a car that was travelling west on Gilston Rd towards the roundabout with Rosedale St.
Police report the woman was run over by the same car she had exited, while it was still moving.
The woman suffered serious spinal and head injuries and was transported to the Hervey Bay Hospital in a critical condition.
A 41-year-old man who was driving the car is helping police with their inquiries.
The pair, who are known to each other, are both from the Hervey Bay area.
EARLIER: A WOMAN is in a critical condition after a serious traffic crash on Gilston Rd, Wondunna, on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene about 5.30am, to reports of a woman who had been hit by a car.
A witness of the incident performed CPR on the woman before paramedics arrived.
The paramedics were able to revive the woman, and she was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital in a critical condition.
Forensic Crash Unit and Scenes of Crime are investigating.
More to come.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.