The man behind her car was Ruben Martin, an off-duty fire inspector for Ross Valley Fire at the time. Kayla was trapped in the wreckage, was bleeding profusely, and was having difficulty breathing. Martin knew what to do as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
That was Tuesday, July 18th, Martin wasn't sure Kayla would survive, but she did.
How a fire marshal’s own near-fatal accident experience helped to save Kayla King after she crashed into a grove of trees. At 5 & 6pm. pic.twitter.com/9V4YenTyce— David Louie (@abc7david) September 29, 2017
Now she has found a kindred spirit or someone who was in the right place at the right time, but also, a person who had survived a near-fatal accident himself when he was crushed in an accident involving two fire rigs. Martin knew the long road that Kayla was facing.
King is now dealing with a pelvis injury and a ruptured vertebra. She lost her right eye, which in time will be replaced with a prosthetic eyeball. However, her spirits are lifted by her close friends and by Martin, who spent his day off today to visit Kayla and her mom, Jill Bango, at their Healdsburg home.
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