Family reaches out to good Samaritans after they tried to save a life

CREATED Dec 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE – Snowy conditions Sunday caused many accidents and pileups around the area, some of them deadly. Two good Samaritans saw one situation and did all they could to help, and though they couldn't save a life, the family of the victim is reaching out to thank them.

Tammy Gawlitta of West Allis was killed in a deadly rollover crash Sunday on eastbound Interstate 43 near Highway 100. The Sheriff’s Office said Gawlitta was driving when she was ejected from the passenger side window and became trapped under the vehicle in a ditch.

The good Samaritans on the scene attempted CPR on Gawlitta but were unable to revive her.

“The family wants them to know how much we appreciate that,” said Tammy’s cousin, Carrie Gawlitta. “Most people, a lot of people would not have done that and we want them to know that we appreciate the fact that they were willing to risk their safety to help save someone else.”

Carrie Gawlitta spoke with TODAY’S TMJ4 Monday morning and said her cousin Tammy was “a good person” and a graduate of Muskego High School.

In an effort to find the people who tried to help her cousin, Carrie Gawlitta posted this message on Facebook Sunday:

“I would like to thank the Good Samaritans that tried to help my cousin today. You did the unthinkable, lifting a truck off her and then gave CPR. While my cousin didn't make it, I want you to know that my family thanks you, deeply, for your efforts. You will always be in our prayers. Thank you.”

Tammy has left behind a husband and four young children. Her youngest daughter was in the vehicle when the crash happened. The child suffered a minor injury and was taken to Children’s Hospital as a precaution.

“The family is mourning,” said Carrie, “We are pretty much still, in shock and disbelief.”