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Johnson City man walking dog discovers injured motorcyclist

KRISTEN SWING • Apr 11, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Joe Scott points to the area where he found an injured motorcyclist. Johnson City Press photo.


JOHNSON CITY - Many people would consider Johnson City resident Joe Scott a hero after he helped save the life of a motorist Tuesday night. But if you ask him, he was "just a man out walking a dog."

Scott indeed was walking a dog - a miniature Doberman that doesn't even belong to him - Tuesday night, but that was only the beginning of his unexpected adventure.

"I heard somebody screaming, and I kept listening. I thought it might be somebody playing in the woods," said Scott, who was walking in the area of Plymouth Road around 9 p.m. when he heard the man's voice. "The more hollering he did, the more it sounded like somebody trying to get someone's attention. Then I heard him say, ‘Somebody, please help me.'"

Scott used his cell phone to call 911 and stayed on the line with dispatchers until police officers arrived at the scene. He then helped officers locate the man, who apparently had crashed his motorcycle while traveling on Plymouth Road earlier in the night.

"He was probably 20 to 25 feet off the road, down an embankment. His motorcycle was there, too. That's why nobody could see him from the road," Scott said. "He was conscious when we got there and said he'd been conscious for about 20 minutes. But he didn't know how long ago he crashed.

"We felt his motorcycle and it was ice cold, so he had to have been there for at least a couple of hours."

The motorcyclist, Mark Dean, 29, 231 Cherry Grove Road, was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

He later told authorities he had been working on the motorcycle for a friend and was taking it for a test ride when a car traveling north on Plymouth Road crossed the center line and caused Dean to swerve to the right. Dean lost control of the vehicle and crashed off the roadway, landing in the wooded area.

Johnson City police believe the actions taken by Scott helped save Dean's life.

"He heard him yelling and called 911," said Capt. Jerry Tunnel of the Johnson City Police Department. "If it had not been for Mr. Scott, the guy probably would have died out there."

But Scott doesn't see it quite the same way.

"I didn't really do anything. Somebody asked for help, so I went," Scott said. "Other than that, I was just a man out walking a dog. I guess it was just lucky that I was walking the dog in that place at that time."

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