HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A Hampton couple carried away in a flash flood counted their blessings after a Good Samaritan saved them from a sinking vehicle during Tuesday's storm.
A young woman was at the scene of the flooded vehicle in a ditch close to Mallory Elementary School, taking pictures as well as filming the scene. On her video, she is heard saying, 'Oh my God, y'all, there is a car right there and I don't know if there's anybody in it.'
Deborah and James Pearson were scrambling inside of the vehicle. They told WAVY.com their car took a nose-dive into the ditch and the car started flooding. The couple could not open the doors of the car to get out.
"[James] gave me a kiss and he said that he loved me and that we'll die together," Deborah Pearson said.
James Pearson, a two-time purple heart recipient did not give up and kept punching a window of the car to get out.
Jessie Joyner heard the punches and realized someone was inside of the truck.
"I heard the guy beating on the glass, you know, 'Help me get out of here!'"
Joyner told his daughter to bring him a hammer and used it to help break the glass, at which point the truck plunged.
"I grabbed her by the nape of her neck and we went straight to the bottom and straight back up to the top and I was up on the bank," James Pearson said.
Joyner, a custodian at the nearby school, was waiting for the Pearsons to emerge.
"We hugged and I told them, 'No problem.' I just thanked God I could help," Joyner said.
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