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Crash victim reunites with man who helped her

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - A Rib Mountain crash victim has found the man she says helped her get through it.

Last night, Newsline 9 introduced you to Krista Craft. She was searching for a stranger she called a hero. Krista says that stranger stood by her side for almost an hour after she was hurt in a car crash.

Krista Craft reached out to Newsline 9 in hopes of reuniting with Eric. Some of Eric's co-workers saw our story Thursday night and Friday morning he called Newsline 9's Nancy Yousef, making a reunion possible. 

It started Wednesday morning. A multi-car crash on Highway 29 near Rothschild.

Krista Craft was caught in the middle of it.

"The next thing I remember is trying to pull my car off to the side of the road," said Krista.

Krista didn't know it at the time, but a couple of cars behind her was the man she calls her hero.

"I thought I was going to crash because it was just kind of slippery so I was veering over, I kind of just made it through by the grace of God," said Eric Stenstrom.

But Eric didn't just drive off.

"I just got out and went back just to check on her," said Eric.

A complete stranger, Eric got into the vehicle and sat with Krista. He Held her hand, said a prayer, and comforted her.

"I think we talked about our kids and I told her I had four kids and her answer to that was wow," said Eric.

40 minutes later Krista says an ambulance came and took her to the hospital. That was the last she saw of Eric.

So Krista reached out to Newsline 9 to find Eric, just to say thanks. 

"I would just love to say thank you so much for stopping, you didn't have to," said Krista.

Friday, we found Eric. And our cameras captured their emotional reunion.

"You are my hero, I couldn't have done this without you," said Krista.

"I called some community area agencies I remembered that you are married and have four kids so some of the things I called around I got Grand Lodge an overnight stay for you and your family," said Krista.

And the list goes on and on, including a letter from the manager of Philly's Subs.

Eric says what he did wasn't a heroic act.

"I've done it plenty of times where you drive by an accident and you wish you could do something to help but you feel like you're going to get in the way but you have to realize that there may be a person in that car that may be injured," said Eric.

And that act of kindness has brought these two strangers together.

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