Sunday, June 1, 2014 —
As she lay there incapacitated, three motorists watched, but never stopped to help. The fourth passerby, however, not only stopped to help, but exceeded the call of duty while earning a forever friend.
Destrik Burns restored Jessica Inscoe’s faith in human compassion. She calls him “the true definition of a good Samaritan.”
Jack Inscoe did what he does every Saturday afternoon. He dropped off his wife Jessica at Annunciation Catholic Church in Albemarle for mass. A self-professed Methodist, he then heads for Taco Bell for supper.
“It’s a ritual,” Jack said.
“I let her out at the corner and then I turn left and go through town to Taco Bell.”
Only this time, he turned right.
“I thought, where is he going?” Jessica said.
As she craned her neck to watch Jack drive away, Jessica stumbled on the uneven concrete sidewalk outside the church. “My shoe flipped off, then I stepped on the shoe,” Jessica said.
“My purse went one way and my phone went another.”
When the then 68-year-old Jessica crashed to the cement, she broke her right hip. As she braced to fall, she also broke her right arm.
Jessica recalls the woman in the television commercial.
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” she recounted.
Everyone attending mass had already entered for the 5 p.m. service.
Unable to move and suffering excruciating pain, Jessica could only lie still amid hope someone would see her helplessness and lend a hand.
For 10 minutes, she watched one by one as cars passed, all taking visual notice of her plight.
“Sprawled out on the sidewalk, all alone, I saw three different cars drive by on Second Street,” she recalled.
“The passengers looked out at me as though to say, ‘what is that old lady doing lying on the sidewalk?’ ”
Suddenly, a fourth car screeches to a halt. Already late for work at his job at Domino’s, Destrik bolts to the rescue.
“He jumped out of his car with it still running and door open,” Jessica said.
When he offered to help, Jessica asked that he call 911 for an ambulance, which he obliged by relating her condition to the dispatcher. Destrik also went inside the church to get additional help for Jessica.
Even Destrik shakes his head in disbelief at those who passed by without helping.
“I did what any good person would do,” Destrik said.
“That could have been my mom lying there.”
Meanwhile, a message reached Jack at Taco Bell. When he heard Jessica would be taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center, Jack managed to beat her there.
Medics were busy trying to control Jessica’s pain with morphine while preparing her for transport.
While doctors focused on her broken hip, it wasn’t until later that Jessica informed them of the swelling in her arm. That’s when they discovered the other broken bone.
Having bid Destrick thanks, Jessica thought she’d never see Destrik again. But, as she lay in the emergency room, who would again appear out of the blue? Destrik. He just happened to be delivering a pizza to the ER when he asked about Jessica.
The next morning Jessica underwent surgery on her hip. She was hospitalized for three days before she was moved to Trinity Place for rehabilitation for two more weeks.
At the end of her first week at Trinity Place, Destrik paid her an unexpected visit with a card and balloons in hand.
Destrik, 41, recently graduated from Stanly Community College with a degree in business administration. Between his time as student and assistant manager at Domino’s, he works at his church.
No doubt Destrik relies on his heart and Christian principles as a moral compass.
Destrik deflects the attention that accompanies Jessica’s endless praise.
“It wasn’t for fame or glory,” he added.
“I know that I pleased God with what I done. And I made a friend for life.”
Jack and Jessica Inscoe have seen Destrik more than a dozen times since the accident a year ago April 20. They dine inside Domino’s at least once a month where they always seek out Destrik.
“I’ve got to get my hug,” Jessica said.
As for Saturday’s drive to mass, Jack has since tweaked his routine.
“I now drop her off in the church’s parking lot,” Jack said.
“And I watch her walk inside before I leave.”
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