Had Sean Carley’s right elbow not given out about a month ago, he probably wouldn’t have been home in Florida on Sunday to help a woman out of her car after a scary accident.
Carley, who was Air Force’s ace pitcher before he tore his right ulnar collateral ligament before the season and underwent Tommy John surgery March 6, was on his way to church Sunday morning when a car swerved in front of him trying to get on the entry ramp to U.S. Highway 1. The roads were wet, Carley said the car started to skid, the driver over-corrected and then the vehicle rolled over, flipping three times as it went down the embankment.
“It was something you only see in the movies, you don’t see in the real world,” said Carley, who is not enrolled at the academy this semester because he is on administrative turnback as he recovers from surgery. “It was a surreal moment.”
Carley pulled over and immediately rushed to the car, where he found an 18-year-old woman. He said as the accident happened he could see her getting tossed around in the car, so he feared she had major injuries. The car landed on the passenger side, so Carley said he got on top of the car, opened the driver’s side door, and the 6-4, 230-pound pitcher got the woman out of the car.
Carley said he thinks she had a concussion but doesn’t believe she broke any bones or had major injuries. He stayed with her until the police arrived, made sure she was OK, gave the police his report and headed off to church.
Carley said he thinks things he learned at the academy, such as not hesitating to rush to the accident and talking the woman through the ordeal to keep her calm, helped in that situation.
“He said, ‘My Air Force training took over,’” Air Force baseball coach Mike Kazlausky said.
Carley said he left his name and number with the woman, but never got her name. He said he was happy he was the one there to help out.
“It was scary, but I was glad I was there and could help, even with my bum arm,” said Carley, who is wearing a full range-of-motion brace on his right arm. “Then I was on my way to church. I think God will forgive me for being five minutes late.”