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Good Samaritan Finds Man's Lost Wedding Ring

Spike Mafford/Thinkstock(KINGVALE, Calif.) -- Douglas Benedetti was a man on a mission when he returned to a snowy California highway to find what seemed like a needle in a haystack: a wedding ring lost in the piles of snow.

The ring was not even his own but that of a complete stranger, a man Benedetti, a snow chain installer by trade, had stopped to help one Friday night along Interstate 80 near Kingvale, Calif.

"He was installing his chains without gloves on, his hands got cold [and] he didn't realize his ring had slipped off," Benedetti said.

That is what the driver, whose name Benedetti still does not know, told Benedetti when he pulled over to help the man. Instead of helping with his car, Benedetti watched the driver frantically sifting through the snow.

"He was using the light on his cell phone to look for it in the snow, and he had no luck," Benedetti said.

The driver, whose wife was waiting in the car, eventually quit the search and drove off. Benedetti, however, could not get the search out of his mind and returned to the scene at one o'clock the next morning to search again.

"I decided to go look for the ring because I knew approximately where it was," he said. "I was hunting with my head lamp and hand light."

Less than an hour later, Benedetti found the ring submerged in the snow next to a semi-truck. The platinum ring was inscribed with the words "Lisa, 5th June, 2010."

Benedetti is now on the search for the driver and his wife to return the ring, another needle-in-a-haystack search considering he knows only the wife's name, Lisa.

"It happened so fast," he said of not getting the driver's name. "I've never been married, but I know that if a husband loses his wedding ring someone else is going to be very upset."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Washington Good Samaritan Robbed of $900

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- After a day at work that began at 5 a.m. Saturday, Peggy Ray was on her way to her daughter's soccer game when she witnessed a car fly through the air and crash into a drainage ditch. Though shocked, Ray then did what any decent person would: She leaped from her car and ran to help the victims.

When the Washington state woman returned to her car an hour or so later, the mother of six was in for another surprise.

While Ray, 36, assisted the badly injured driver and passenger, someone stole $900 from her purse.

"I don't normally have that much cash," Ray of Marysville, Wash., told ABC News, "but I was going to pay the rent."

The money she'd only just gotten from the bank was the last thing on Ray's mind when she went to the victims' aid.

"The car flew through the air like the 'Dukes of Hazard,'" she said. "They were stuck in the car and it was smoking."

Ray's first thought was to get the driver and passenger out before the car caught fire. But the ominous smoke soon stopped pouring from the vehicle because it was filling with water from the ditch.

Compounding the trouble, the woman in the passenger's seat complained of neck and back pain and the driver was bleeding badly and, Ray said, seemed disoriented. So, while another Good Samaritan helped calm the driver, Ray spoke to the woman.

"I told her to stay calm and I asked her to tell me about her family and what she was doing prior to the accident," Ray said. "They were in bad shape."

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and relieved Ray. She gave a statement to the police and returned to her car.

"I had left my doors completely open. I saw my purse in there and the envelope was out of it and laying on its side. I thought there was no way that envelope was empty."

The envelope was empty, though.

Ray ran back to police to report the crime. They told her that many people, at least 25, had stopped to catch a glimpse of the scene and believe the perpetrator was among them.

But all is not lost. A bystander at the scene called into a local paper after news of Ray's unfortunate circumstances spread and gave a description of a man whom he saw enter Ray's car, as well as the man's car.

"I just hope karma is paid and this man is caught," Ray said.

Some karma already has been paid, in the form of $750 donated to Ray and her family by the firefighters from the scene of the accident. Ray has also received money from a radio station, as well as from individuals and customers from the Starbuck's she manages.

Any money above the $900, Ray and her husband plan to give to charity. Ray also plans to react the same way if she ever happens upon another accident.

"The question I keep getting is, would I do it again? Absolutely," she said. "Only, I would lock my doors first."

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