A Needham teenager who crashed her vehicle into a fence and ended up in Rosemary Lake early Friday morning got some help from two witnesses, including a Chinese man in town visiting his family.
Hong Xiang, a 63-year-old native of China, was exercising on the balcony of his daughter’s Rosemary Street apartment when he witnessed the crash, according to his son-in-law, Sheldon Liu.
“He saw this accident, and he went downstairs to help with another man,” Liu said. “They helped her out of the car and she was sent to the hospital."
Liu said he believed the driver, a 17-year-old Needham girl, was going to be OK.
He did not know whether the other man was a neighbor or just happened to be passing by when the crash occurred.
Needham Police received a call around 7:00 a.m. about a vehicle that “had gone off the road, crashed through a fence and was partially in the water,” according to a report provided by Lt. Chris Baker.
“The operator, a 17-year-old Needham female, was not injured,” according to Baker. “The vehicle was towed from the scene.”
Police are investigating, and the driver was cited for a marked lanes violation, Baker said.
Xiang arrived in Needham 10 days ago from China, in town to meet his newborn grandson, the son of Liu and his wife Jessie.
Xiang does not speak English but does understand some vocabulary, his son-in-law said, but that didn’t stop him from rushing to help.
“He just saw what happened and he went downstairs to help,” Liu said.
Liu said he thought of his father-in-law as a role model.
“He works very hard, and he’s really a good guy. I think he does what he’s supposed to do,” Liu said. “I’m very proud of him.”