An 'angel' priest reportedly appeared in a car crash Monday morning in Missouri where 19-year old Katie Lentz was hit by a drunk driver, flipping over her car and leaving her pinned inside.
The teenager who is a Tulane University sophomore was driving from Quincy, Illinois to Jefferson City from her church service when she collided with another vehicle, leaving her trapped inside the metal wreck. Rescuers and firemen struggled to free the girl for over 45 minutes. Time was running out and the girl's vital signs were falling.
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Rescuers then decided to flip the car over but the move will put also put Katie's life into greater danger. This was when the dying victim asked for a prayer. All of a sudden, the 'angel' priest appeared out of nowhere. "He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer," New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed shares.
"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." Witnesses swore to the presence, even saying that the priest 'had silver hair and was in black polo, black pants and the white insert Catholic priests have'. They also said that the miracle worker looked like he was in his 50's-60's.
After the prayer, the rescue operation moved quicker and Katie's vital signs were swiftly improving. When rescuers turned to thank the 'angel' priest, he was nowhere to be found.
"I have 69 photographs that were taken from minutes after that accident happened - bystanders, the extrication, our final cleanup - and he's not in them," Reed tells USA Today. "All we want to do is thank him. ... We all go back to thank this priest, and he's gone."
Since August 4, Katie has undergone multiple surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery. The drunk driver, Aaron Smith, has also been charged with second-degree assault.