Source: Daily Mail | James Nye
Pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, seriously injured and fading fast, Katie Lentz turned to her rescuers on the lonely open stretch of Missouri highway and asked them to pray.
Struck head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning, emergency workers had been battling for an hour and a half to free Lentz, but to no avail.
But as they joined hands a Catholic priest appeared, even though there were no bystanders and the road was blocked, who offered a prayer and an instruction to the rescuers that they would now be able to free her.
Suddenly, heavy equipment needed to cut through the metal arrived from a nearby town and Lentz was pulled from the wreck in time to be saved – but when they turned to thank the priest, he was gone.
‘He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,’ Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV.
‘It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.
‘I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.’
‘We would like to find this gentleman and be able to thank him,’ Reed said.
‘As a first responder, you don’t know what you’re going to run into. We have a lot of tools, and we have intensive training.
‘In this particular case, it is my feeling that it was nothing more than sheer faith and nothing short of a miracle.’
Lentz suffered several broken bones to repair her legs, but her friends and family say that her spirit has been boosted by the apparent divine intervention.
‘Both of her legs are very damaged,’ Lentz’s friend Amanda Wiseman said.
‘Her wrist is broken, several broken ribs, so she’s had a lot of broken bones to deal with.’
Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews were struggling to cut through the strong metal of Lentz’s Mercedes.
‘It was a very well-built car, and when you compact materials like that one, they become even stronger because you’re cutting through multiple things instead of one layer,’ Reed said.
Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat and the prayer was offered just as he was told by the paramedics that Lentz was failing.
‘Where did this guy come from?’ Lentz’s friend Travis Wiseman asked.
‘We’re looking for the priest and so far, no one has seen him. Whether it was a priest as an angel or an actual angel, he was an angel to all those and to Katie.’
The driver of the other car in that accident, Aaron Smith, has been charged with a DWI, second degree assault and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.
There are several Catholic churches in the area to Highway 19 – the nearest being St Paul’s – however, the mystery priest has still not come forward.