Man charged in connection with hit-and-run

Christopher Wirstrom is accused of hitting 45-year-old Daniel Helfert while he was riding his motorcycle Sunday night.

A man is in custody and now facing charges, after troopers said he hit a motorcyclist and left the scene.

The crash happened Sunday on Highway 94 in Defiance. The victim, 45-year-old Daniel Helfter of Fenton, remains hospitalized.

The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested 32-year-old Christopher E. Winstrom Monday night. He is facing felony charges after leaving the scene of the accident.

Several strangers witnessed the crash and rushed to help Helfert.

“There was a loud bang and I immediately pulled over and ran over towards him,” said Michael J. Lawson, who riding his motorcycle behind the driver that allegedly caused the crash. He tended to Helferts wounds until help arrived.

“He was responding to what I was telling him, to stay still and not move,” Lawson said.

“I sat in kind of a squat position to rest my arm so I could hold his leg up from out of the dirt to protect the wound until the firefighters got there.”

“I turned into the closest driveway and told the kids to stay in the car and I called 911 immediately,” said Trent Shortt, who was driving right behind Helfert’s motorcycle before the crash.

Several people waited with Helfert until he was taken to the hospital. The victim’s family said they are grateful for the stranger’s quick action.

“I felt like any person would have done what I [did,] especially any other biker,” Lawson said. “He was in need and I was there to help.”

“You try to be a good person,” added Shortt. “I would do what I would want other people to do. I happen to ride a motorcycle also, and I hope if somebody saw the similar situation with me, people would pull over and try to help me and get me help as fast as they could.”

Helfert’s family launched a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.

His son, D.J., is also planning a car, truck and motorcycle event in July to help his father.

© 2017 KSDK-TV


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