Someone having a medical emergency while driving alone, is pretty uncommon, and having a major hip-hop artist be a first-responder to that emergency in the middle of Wyoming, isn't likely. But that's exactly what happened with Layzie Bone, of the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling mega group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, while traveling from Casper to a concert in Riverton on Saturday.
Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse, Hip-Hop Artist and CEO of Harmony Howse Entertainment said, “He went from one side of the road to the other side of the road, left, right, left, right and a quarter mile up, oncoming traffic was coming, so you know we were screaming we were scared for him.”
Layzie Bone was traveling with his road manager, Michael "Tony B." Bernardi, Executive Business Affairs at Flesh-n-Bone Global, to Riverton for a concert to promote his new album: “Perfect Timing," and perfect timing was exactly right. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time to be of some assistance,” he said.
The man in front of Layzie Bone's vehicle was in diabetic shock, driving erratically and nearly causing several accidents before the vehicle spun to a stop.
“We ran over to him, trying to get his name, looking if there was any alcoholic beverages or anything, but he was delirious and you could tell that he wasn't in his right state of mind,” said Layzie Bone.
Lt. Chris Schell of Wyoming Highway Patrol said, “Diabetes resembles, when they're in a diabetic shock resembles a DUI except for there's no odor of alcohol and no presence of alcohol there.”
Layzie Bone and several others who pulled over to help were able to figure out it was a diabetic event. Luckily they had fruit and chocolate on hand.
“I ran over there and started feeding him the apples and oranges begging him to eat it,” said Layzie Bone.
EMS crews arrived and transported the man to a hospital where he was treated, and troopers say though a medical emergency isn't a likely situation, it’s great to have people who are willing to stop and help when it is.
“In my career I've probably dealt with it two or three times in 19 years so it’s not real large number of people, but there are crashes that we've had that involve a stroke or somebody blacking out for one reason or another,” said Lt. Schell.
“He could've killed us, he could've killed the other couple, and also the guy that was behind us was the EMS guy, he almost swerved at him, so I was just scared for him, I was almost in tears and was happy to be there to be of some type of assistance.” said Layzie Bone.