Despite heroic efforts of four Good Samaritans, elderly man passes away after crash

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – On Saturday, 91-year-old Francisco Gonzales lost his life after he crashed his truck on SW 410 and Zarzamora road.

Donnie Payton was one of four people who tried to save 91-year-old Francisco Gonzales’ life.

“The man was bleeding out, he had a main artery open and we had to stop the bleeding,” Payton said.

Payton side he was going home eastbound and he saw Gonzales crash westbound.

“He turned over and tail lights and stuff were flying on the other side of the road,” Payton said.

Payton turned on his work car lights and started driving towards the wreckage on the opposite side of the road.

“When the trucks turn over like that a lot of times they catch on fire and I’m not going to let nobody burn in a truck,” Payton said.

It was then he realized the driver’s armed was pinned.

“Some other people stopped and we all picked up the truck,” Payton said. “We had to get to him cause he was bleeding real bad.”

Using a belt, Payton applied a tourniquet.

“I told him to hang on and that we stopped the bleeding,” Payton said. “We could hear the ambulances coming.”

Despite heroic efforts, Gonzales later died at the hospital.

“I want to send my condolences to his family,” Payton said. “I want them to know, he wasn’t by himself, there was a bunch of people there trying to help him.”

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