Police search for mystery doctor who helped save man in crash

WASHINGTON — Might you know the mystery doctor? The search is on for a woman who helped save the life of a local crash victim.

“In a situation like that, you don’t get into a credential-showing match,” Prince George’s County Police Officer Dale Sollars says of the incident on Md. 210 near Tanger Outlets last Saturday.

When Sollars arrived at the crash scene, he found 73-year-old Jorge Mondino, of McLean, Virginia already out of his vehicle lying on the ground with someone doing CPR.  The woman was wearing scrubs and told Sollars she was a physician.

“I said, ‘OK; I’m here to assist you ma’am. I’m a prior EMT; how can I help?’ She said, ‘Take over chest compressions,’” Sollars recalls.

Mondino had a heart attack but is expected to be OK and out of the hospital by Christmas. Experts agree that the quick intervention by the mystery woman likely saved Mondino’s life.

No one else was injured in the crash.

“This event is such an incredible thing — the biggest gift we could get this season,” Mondino’s wife, Marta Mondino, said. “Thank you to all of those that were involved.”

This isn’t Sollars’ first case of being recognized for heroic action.  He got hypothermia  pulling a boy from a frozen pond in Oxon Hill last winter.

Now, Sollars and Mondino want to find the good Samaritan to thank her. She’s described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with blond hair that hangs long down the center of her back. She wears glasses, was driving a red Chevy Silverado truck and said she was from Garrett County. If you know her, ask her to contact the Prince George’s County police.

A Prince George’s County police major at a news conference on the crash told everyone about Sollars’ past heroic action.

“Whether these guys are out here catching bad guys, investigating incidents, searching for a missing child, helping a domestic violence victim — we’re guardians in this community,” Maj. Douglas Garrett said. “We’re here to help and we’re here to save lives.”

Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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