Kentucky Man Who Tried To Save Skylar Williams' Life Speaks

  • 2/14/2019 5:13:21 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

GALLATIN COUNTY, KY- The man who attempted to stop Ty'rell Pounds from leaving a Kentucky gas station with Skylar Williams is speaking out about the incident and says he wishes he could have done more.

Todd Simpson told reporters that Williams, who had been abducted from The Ohio State University at Mansfield's campus by Pounds on February 11th, mouthed "help me" to him at a Valero gas station. Simpson immediately grabbed his gun, called 911 to report the incident, and walked outside to tell Pounds to stop. Pounds got into his vehicle and sped away, which led to the police chase that ended in both Pounds and Williams being killed.

"I think I did the best I could, but... I just wish I could have done something better," Simpson told CNN. "I just keep seeing that girl's face telling me to help her. I think I did the best I could, but I just wish I could have done something better."

The Kentucky State Police Commissioner commended Simpson, however, saying in a press conference that he did the right thing as a witness. Since Pounds was considered armed and dangerous, the best course of action for a civilian was simply to call the police. "When you're confronted with someone with a weapon, what we tell people to do is call the police, so, I think they responded appropriately and I really appreciate them calling us to notify us."

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover funeral expenses for Skylar's services and to put money aside for her son Kylo as he grows up without parents. That GoFundMe can be viewed here.

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