Map: Fatal accident on Loop 101
PHOENIX -- Family, friends and colleagues gathered to honor the memory of Shelby Dwyer, the Valley teenager killed in a fiery car crash March 14.
Dozens of her loved ones gathered at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant where she worked. Part of the day’s sales benefited a Phoenix area animal rescue agency, as well as the medical bills of the Good Samaritan who tried to save Dwyer’s life.
“Everything happened in a matter of seconds,” Cliff Faraci told 3TV.
Faraci drove past the crash March 14 on the Loop 101, near 56th Street. He discovered Dwyer trapped inside her car and tried his best to pull her out.
“The car was mangled, without the Jaws of Life or something, there was nothing I could have done,” said Faraci.
He said he talked to Dwyer to try and comfort her. As half his body was inside the car, it caught fire.
“I ran back from the car; I was covered in flames. My pants were on fire; my boots were on fire,” said Faraci. “I patted out the flames, turned around and watched her car explode.”
Sadly, Dwyer didn’t make it out. Faraci suffered burns and spent a week in the hospital. He’s now recovering at home. His thoughts remain with Dwyer’s grieving family.
“She wasn’t alone when she was called home,” said Faraci.
Dwyer’s loved ones are grateful he tried to help.
“It takes courage to do what he did,” said Andrew Cherrington, Dwyer’s boyfriend of more than four years. “I’m just glad she wasn’t alone.”
He broke down while describing Dwyer, someone described as always smiling, always thinking of others.
“She’s such a loving person; she really is a lifesaver, like a true angel,” said Cherrington. “Just her presence would calm you down; her presence would warm your heart.”
“She touched the hearts of so many,” said friend Meagan Caddell who described Dwyer like a sister.
“She’s in a better place, looking down on us, smiling,” said Caddell.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.