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Tonawanda crash survivor finds her guardian angel

Posted at 7:51 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 07:51:38-05

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Christmas Eve call to a 7EWN reporter's cell phone led to new friendships and a special bond

We told you the story of Amanda Shattuck, who got into a serious car wreck in the City of Tonawanda just before Christmas. She was slammed head-on by another driver at the intersection of Main and Wheeler. As her car started to smoke, her 10 year-old son helped her out of the car and to the sidewalk.

That's when two women came to help Amanda, keeping her still and calm until paramedics arrived. After being released from ECMC, Amanda was able to find one of her helpers on Facebook to thank her. She turned to 7 Eyewitness News to help find the other.

Amanda believes her grandmother, who passed four months ago, sent this woman to help her. All she knew was that the woman had short, dark hair and was ex-military. We posted all the information we had on Facebook. On Christmas Eve, 7 Eyewitness News reporter Thuy Lan Nguyen got a call from Sarah Negrych. "I was just scrolling through Facebook and my aunt had shared the article. I watched the video and realized that was me, I was the person who helped Amanda!" says Negrych.

The women then met for the first time after the crash at Negrych's home. Amanda got her Christmas wish, to thank the woman who comforted her family during the scariest moment of her life. "You will definitely hold a special place in my heart, you don’t know what you did for me and my family," says Shattuck to Negrych.

"I just think I was in the right place at the right time," says Negrych. The two women and their families now have new friendships and a spcial bond!