MOORE — A man who was involved in a wreck in Moore and collapsed
Hector Mijares, 71, of Oklahoma City, was not at fault in the noninjury
Pittman said Mijares was standing in a parking lot near the interstate as the wreck was being investigated when he
Several people standing around him thought he had a seizure, Pittman said.
“I checked to see if he had a pulse and he didn't have one,” Pittman said.
Mijares did not appear to have a heartbeat or any vital signs, Pittman said. The trooper said he started cardiopulmonary resuscitation as trooper Steve Johnson arrived to help.
“I asked Johnson to try to check for vitals, too, because my hands were cold and I wanted to make sure he didn't have vitals before we started compressions,” Pittman said.
Both troopers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Mijares' wife, Nenita Mijares, thanked Johnson and Pittman later Thursday at the hospital.
“If they're not there, probably he (Hector) wouldn't make it,” Nenita Mijares said.
She told troopers her husband is a retired commercial airline pilot and they moved to Oklahoma City after he retired in the Philippines.
Hector Mijares was blue around the fingertips and lips when he was loaded onto an ambulance, troopers said. Ambulance crew members continued CPR en route to Moore Regional Hospital.
Hector Mijares was later taken to Norman Regional Hospital HealthPlex cardiac center.
Hector Mijares was in intensive care at the Norman hospital on Thursday, OHP spokesman Capt. Chris West said.
The wreck happened in the southbound lanes about a half mile south of N 27 in Moore. Pittman said a box truck was driving south followed by a van and the SUV driven by Hector Mijares when the vehicles were involved in the crash.
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