ources have confirmed the names of two people involved in an apparent suicide attempt on the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 Sunday night.
Police said a father ran into traffic while holding his 2-year-old daughter.
"I just can't stop thinking about how far away she was from him and she started in his arms," Kim Werner said.
Werner was with the child until Medic arrived at the scene. Tuesday she recounted the experience, holding on to a tiny shoe, barely the size of her hand.
She found the shoe on the side of I-77 Sunday night.
She was on her way into uptown Charlotte when she came upon an accident that had northbound traffic frozen for hours. She said Derrick Summers was pinned under one car.
"I was with him, holding his hand and he seemed in really, bad, bad shape," she said. "I looked over and quite a ways down the road and I saw this bundle in the road and it just looked extremely out of place, and it was a baby."
Roughly 10 yards down the road was his daughter, Lizziah Summers. Werner said she was on her stomach, alive, but in and out of consciousness.
There was little Werner could do. Medic had not arrived and she had no medical training, but she said the toddler was breathing and that gave her some comfort.
"I was just kind of huddled over her, not wanting to move her obviously but trying to keep my arms around her to let her know that somebody was there," Werner said. "I was just talking very softly to her, trying to be calm."
In an apparent suicide attempt, Summers ran into traffic on the busy interstate with his daughter in his arms.
Lizziah Summers is hospitalized with what sources said is a punctured liver, spleen and lung.
Werner hopes Lizziah Summers survives so she can return her shoe.
There were no updates on Derrick Summers' condition, but police have charged him with attempted murder, child abuse and violating a restraining order.