When Nuno Vindinha of Mallia Towing came to tow a car on 128 North in Danvers, Massachusetts, on Saturday afternoon, he couldn’t even find it at first.
“We couldn’t even see the car walking halfway through the weeds,” he said.
Inside the white Honda was Susan Misler, 67, a retired Needham school teacher from Watertown, who was on her way to her boyfriend's Manchester-by-the-Sea home for a cookout.
Her boyfriend, Laurence McNulty, told NBC10Boston on the phone that Misler misjudged the curve and drove into the woods. He says fortunately an off-duty Cambridge officer saw her veer off, called 911, then walked into the woods to stay with her.
“He had to come out of woods to get to police so he could walk police in there so they could find her,” Vindinha said.
Vindinha says emergency crews had to pull Misler out through the back hatch because the car was so wedged into the mud and weeds, and there was a log blocking the driver side door.
After EMTs rushed Misler to the hospital, Vindinha began to tow the car.
He says it took three hours, and the whole time he kept thinking, if not for that off-duty officer, would anyone even have been ready to help her.
“If he didn’t stop, no one would be able probably to find her,” Vindinha said.
McNulty says Misler is recovering at the hospital and is so grateful to the officer who stopped to help.