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Vancouver teens stop, help Camas teen badly hurt in car crash

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Rhyan Montovino, courtesy of his family. Rhyan Montovino, courtesy of his family.
Matt Ferguson, Grace Akers and Grant Moog. (KPTV) Matt Ferguson, Grace Akers and Grant Moog. (KPTV)
Some of the crash damage left behind. (KPTV) Some of the crash damage left behind. (KPTV)
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Three Vancouver teenagers are being praised for their efforts to help save the life of a Camas teenager who was badly hurt after a car crash Saturday.

Mountain View High School students Grant Moog, 18, Matt Ferguson, 18, and Grace Akers, 16, were all riding together Saturday night when they came across the crash on Southeast Cascade Park Drive.

“We saw that there was a car in pretty bad shape, pretty much wrapped around a tree, and at that time I knew I needed to stop,” Moog told Fox 12.

The driver, Rhyan Montovino, 16, had crashed into a concrete wall and a tree and was trapped inside, bleeding heavily.

Lucky for Montovino, Moog trained as a fire cadet with Clark County Fire District 6 last year, and keeps a first-aid kit inside his truck.

Moog told Akers to call 911, and told Ferguson to put on gloves to help him stop the bleeding.

“We had to physically pry the doors open pretty hard,” Moog said, adding that the frame of the car was bent.

He said he climbed in the back to stabilize Montovino’s neck while Ferguson applied gauze to a head wound.

“I was pretty panicked at first, and to be honest, I wouldn’t know what to do if Grant wasn’t there,” Ferguson said.

Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter, and rushed Montovino to the hospital.

The teens who helped also went to the hospital that night and met Montovino’s parents.

“I was so overwhelmed that first night after meeting these kids because they literally saved my son’s life,” Rhyan’s father, Chris Montovino told Fox 12, adding that inclement weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

He said his son spent a few days intubated in the ICU at PeaceHealth Southwest with a traumatic brain injury.  He has a 5” gash on his arm, a laceration on his head and initially had some small fissures in his brain that were bleeding but luckily he hasn’t had any brain swelling.

He’s made remarkable progress over the last few days and is now out of the ICU and able to walk around. His father said he’s even gaining his sense of humor again.

“We told them we were the first people to stop and help, and instantly they just broke down and started crying,” Moog recalled. “Chris gave me a big hug, the most warming hug I’ve ever felt in my entire life.”

“He hugged all of us and I almost cried a few times,” Ferguson added. “It was crazy.”

“They asked us how old we were, they said, ‘Oh yeah, Rhyan’s 16,’ and we were just like what? That’s when it kind of sunk in: that could have been any of us,” Akers said.

Chris Montovino is a pastor and said he sees God’s hand in all of this.

For one, the three teenagers should have been ahead of his son on the road that night, but they were delayed and came across the crash just after it happened.

Also, as it turns out, they’re not exactly strangers. Montovino said they’ve learned there are ties between each of the teenagers who helped and his son or family. 

Now, he’s thanking them – along with the Vancouver Fire Department and the incredible team of trauma and critical care staff at the hospital – for saving his son’s life.

“It’s just been a miraculous recovery. Absolutely miraculous,” he said. “Not only did they stop, but Grant figured out how to get in the car, jumped in the car with my son, began to do whatever he was trained to do through his fire cadet program – I mean the car’s a mess, full of blood. To me, honestly, he was the hands of Jesus holding things together when my son was dying.”

He said it’s not clear yet when they’ll be able to take Rhyan home, but they want to thank everyone in the community from Camas to Vancouver for the support they’ve received.

Now, they have three more people in their extended family, too.

“They met Rhyan when he was in the ICU and unconscious,” Chris Montovino said. “I’m looking forward to them meeting him when he’s awake and having a relationship away from this incident.”

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