Mar 21

Simko’s anonymous savior

In Thursday’s edition of The Tribune, read about Todd Simko, the Arroyo Grande High baseball player who suffered a broken neck and a crushed throwing hand in a devastating car crash.

In less than a year, Simko is back on the field for the Eagles — and getting significant playing time.

As is the case with a lot of lengthy newspaper stories, some additional info was left out. It happens. Here’s where I can go back and share some more.

Todd and friend Sean Simpson were speeding on Corbett Canyon Road when the car Todd was driving flipped and crashed, trapping his arm under the wreckage.

Here’s the part that didn’t get into the paper, and where you blog readers may be able to help.

An off-duty emergency doctor was riding a bicycle when he came upon the wreck and prevented Todd from being moved — an eventual life-saving move considering doctors later told Todd he might have been paralyzed or killed had his neck shifted a minimum of two millimeters.

“He kind of took control of the situation,” Todd said. “(Other witnesses) were afraid that the car was going to explode and be caught in the fire.”

The Simkos were very thankful of the off-duty doctor and his efforts to protect Todd. Only one problem: They couldn’t thank him in person.

None of the Simkos were at the wreck site and amidst a cataclysmic family tragedy, it’s kind of hard to follow up on everything. So the doctor’s identity remains a mystery.

“I don’t know what his name is actually,” Todd’s mom, Linda, said when asked for it. “He was an angel in disguise, which is basically what I call him.”

So, if you know this doctor — or are this doctor — leave a message. I’m sure the Simkos would be grateful. (And I’ll be glad to know the blog is reaching the medical community. Maybe it’ll get me a better co-pay next time I have doctor’s appointment.)

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  1. Anonymous

    If no one comes up with a doctors name then it is possible that the angel was really just that. God works miracles even here on the central coast…. ask the Simko’s and they’d agree

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