SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Adam Bouziane and Conner Bystrom revived the driver
of a car that crashed recently at Manatee County Beach.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH Quick action by two
young men may have saved lives after a car accident at a
beach parking lot recently.
It all began when Adam Bouziane, 19, who lives in Myakka
City but who grew up on the Island, and Conner Bystrom,
19, of Holmes Beach, were "hanging out" at Manatee
County Public Beach on Sunday, March 25, around 10:45 p.m.
"We heard tires screeching and then we saw headlights
shining in the air," Bouziane said. "We ran over
to the roadway and saw a car had flipped and hit a tree.
The motor was still running and I could smell gas so I reached
in and shut off the ignition.
"We saw one guy still in the car, but he couldnt
get out because of his seat belt," Bouziane continued.
"I was able to undo the belt and get him out."
Bouziane said he asked the passenger, identified as 21-year-old
Nicolas Wyatt, of Holmes Beach, how many people had been
in the car and he said two. Since there was nobody in the
drivers seat, they began searching for the second
person. They found him about 15 feet from the car. Ronald
J. Landon, 28, of Bradenton, had been ejected during the
accident and was lying on the ground in critical condition.
"When we first got to him, he wasnt breathing,"
Bouziane said. "I tried to revive him and when I slapped
his face, he started breathing a little."
Bouziane said they tried to keep Landon still, in case he
had back or neck injuries, and then he tried to communicate
"I put by finger in his hand and told him to squeeze
it," he said. "He didnt do anything at first,
then he squeezed it hard. You could tell he was in a lot
Bouziane said by that time, police were there and the ambulance
was on its way.
"The policemen were just standing there, watching us
do our thing," he said. "They had confidence in
us and when the EMS guys got there, they took over."
Bouziane said the police officers told them they did a good