WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wake Forest man was killed Saturday night after his car went off the road and into a body of water in northern Wake County.
A group of five Granville County friends and a Domino’s deliverty driver did their best to try to save the man’s life.
“We seen a whole bunch of stuff in the road,” Quentin said. “My friend Sergio just about went into the ditch because all this stuff was in the road. We seen smoke. We didn’t know what it was.”
Their evening took an unexpected turn while driving down Mangnum Dairy Road.
“We had the car parked in the middle of the street with the hazards on,” Amanda said. “We all got out of the van. We couldn’t see anything until we all turned our lights on with our phones.”
By that time, a Domino’s driver had also pulled over, that’s when they all realized there was a car overturned in the water.
“My first instinct was, what if it was me,” Josh said.
So the three men in the group and the Domino’s driver jumped off the bridge.
“Me, Quentin, Sergio, we go down into the creek,” Josh said.
“I tried to rip the door open,” Quentin recounted. “Josh over here jumped inside. He tried to pull his head. His head was under the water.”
The two girls called 911.
“I even told the 911 dispatcher, like, send a helicopter. Do anything you can,” Kayla said. “All the girls were up there just praying. I’m not really religious, but at that moment I was praying.”
The four men gave it their best shot, but they couldn’t get the man out of the car.
“I tried to pull him out couldn’t get him out,” Josh said. “It went slow but fast at the same time. We did the best we could do.”
That man was later identified by police as 38-year-old Christopher Pier. The friends say they have all been praying for the man’s family.
“We’re just here to tell them what happened and that he wasn’t alone,” Kayla said. “We were all there. The firefighters they got there so fast and they did their job really well. We all tried.”
It didn’t make any difference that Pier was a total stranger.
“That’s all we have is each other at the end of the day,” Sergio said. “Hopefully everybody thinks the same way and looks out for each other. That’s all we can hope for.”
North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said Pier was driving too fast given the rainy conditions on the roads. Authorities said he drove off the roadway, struck a concrete bridge, flipped, and landed in an embankment.