SEAFORD: Daniel wins award after helping crash family

Daniel receiving his award
Daniel receiving his award

A SEAFORD teenager who came to the aid of a family of four involved in a car accident has received an award for his efforts.

Daniel Crowley leapt into action when the vehicle in front of him overturned and flipped onto its roof as he travelled along the A259 to Eastbourne on a foggy evening.

The 18-year-old, who had just refreshed his first aid knowledge after completing his National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, drove in front of the car and put his full beam and hazards lights on.

Speaking to the Gazette following the incident in August last year the Carlton Road resident said, “Both windows were smashed.

“Unfortunately my phone was dead. I asked if I could use one of their phones and the boy in the back gave me his.

“I could see the mum was unconscious and whilst on the phone to 999 I tried to check her breathing, it was quite difficult as she was upside down.”

Daniel was able to keep his cool and relay important information to the emergency services while trying to keep the other family members calm. He was also able to assist the boy in getting out of the car.

He then bandaged the boy’s arm and once the paramedics arrived offered to give him a lift to the hospital as he was heading in the same direction.

The former Seaford Head Community College pupil was praised for his efforts at the time and earlier this month he attended the Achievers Awards Ceremony in Eastbourne which celebrates the dedication and bravery of people in the community.

Daniel was at the event, held at the Winter Garden, to receive his award for Courageous Young Person.

He said, “I didn’t know anything about the award until my dad mentioned it. I had no idea I was going to win. I went along and when I realised I won I was in shock.

“It’s the first award I have won in my life.”