Good samaritan rescues stranded Sheffield OAP after roadside drama

Joyce Justice had a flat tyre and was helped by a stranger, who orginated from Yemen, on Burngreave Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
Joyce Justice had a flat tyre and was helped by a stranger, who orginated from Yemen, on Burngreave Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield pensioner was rescued by a good samaritan after becoming stranded on a roadside when her car’s tyre burst.

Joyce Justice, of Birley, was driving along Burngreave Road when she heard a ‘funny noise’ and realised that her tyre had blown.

The 76-year-old pulled over at the side of the road and phoned her breakdown company – but was told that they would be unable to make it out to her for over an hour.

She locked herself in the car and prepared herself for a long wait.

She said: “I was very upset that I would have to wait for such a long time but I wouldn’t have been able to change the tyre myself.”

Luckily, a young man saw Joyce’s predicament and – despite the pouring rain – came to her aid.

Joyce said: “I was so surprised and grateful. I didn’t think anyone would stop.

“He asked me what was wrong and then when I explained he said, ‘No problem,I will sort it for you.’

“He said that he worked in a garage I think and that he did this every day so he knew what he was doing.

“He just asked where the wrench was but I didn’t know so he searched the whole car until he found it for me. He didn’t have to do it.”

The kind stranger put the replacement tyre on Joyce’s wheel but wouldn’t accept her offer of payment.

“Afterwards he asked if I would be alright now and when I said yes he just smiled and walked away before I’d even had chance to say thank you,” she said.

“He was so, so kind and I cannot thank him enough.”

Joyce said that she wanted to let the mystery man know how thankful she was for his help as she didn’t get to do so at the time.

She said:“I just wanted to let him and everyone know that he couldn’t do enough for me. I should have got his name.

“He lived in Sheffield but he said he was from Yemen when I asked where he was from but I didn’t get his name.

“I just want to thank him. Thinking about it now makes me quite emotional.”