DUI victim hopes good Samaritans get his message of thanks

MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- A man who was saved by good Samaritans after being struck by a drunk driver last fall wants to reach out to those who saved him and express his thanks.

The crash happened late at night on the Maple Valley Highway. Bill Anderson doesn't remember the crash, just everything going black.

"I woke up inside the car. I couldn't move," he said. "I thought it was a dream."

A drunk driver pulled out of the parking lot of the Red Dog Saloon and slammed into Anderson. He was trapped, badly hurt and thought he was going to die.

A man climbed into the wreckage to hold his hand.

"The firefighters told him to get out of the car and he was arguing with them," Anderson said. "He told them he was going to stay with me and keep me awake and help me out."

A second Good Samaritan stood outside the car and called Anderson's mother Samantha. The woman was a lifeline.

"It was really a blessing that she was there," Samantha Tshudy said of the caller. " It was that... it was that phone call. Yeah, you dread that phone call, but thank God she was there."

Anderson had broken bones from his neck down to his knees and spent 12 days at Harborview Medical Center. He eventually met the firefighters who rescued him, but he hasn't met the Good Samaritans.

"I feel like he saved my life in a way," Anderson said. "I was definitely about to pass out and he kept me awake through the whole time, holding my hand and he was there."

Mother and son don't even know the names of the people who helped. They hope the strangers hear their message of thanks.

"Even if we don't get to meet them, just that they know it meant everything to us," Tshudy said.

Anderson still has a couple surgeries ahead, but he's making a remarkable recovery.

The man who hit him, Allan Mueller, was sentenced to six months in jail for driving drunk.