Thug stole man's ring
MICHAEL Porter's wedding ring had not left his left ring finger for 15 years, but when he awoke in The Tweed Hospital on Friday morning after a horror traffic crash, it was gone.
Mr Porter and his wife Lynette were in a silver Toyota Prado involved in Thursday afternoon's fatal smash on Dry Dock Road.
As the 51-year-old drifted in and out of consciousness in the four-wheel-drive and later on the side of the road, he was comforted to feel people holding his hand and offering reassurance.
He believes one of those people took advantage of the situation and stole his wedding ring straight from his finger.
“I was in and out of consciousness; I believe people were holding my hand and comforting me ... when I woke up on Friday morning in the hospital I realised (the ring) was gone,” Mr Porter said.
“There is no way for it to come off; someone has to have taken it off. I feel very angry and upset, because it was a wedding ring from my wife.”
The crash claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman in a white Ford Falcon, which collided head-on with the Mr Porter's Prado. Her 64-year-old husband, driver of the Falcon, was taken to hospital.
Mr Porter's wife remains in The Tweed Hospital and he said telling her the ring was gone was the worst part.
“When I told her she cried and got upset,” he said.
“I know it can be replaced by insurance, but that is not the point, it is a sentimental thing. It was there for life.”
If a person handed the ring in, to police, or the Tweed Daily News, Mr Porter said he would be happy - though he was not holding his breath.
“I just want whoever took it to give it back. I am hoping someone will hand it in.”
The ring is thick, made from both rose gold and normal gold, but has no other distinguishing features.
To steal a wedding ring from a person injured in a car crash is a low act, and Mr Porter believes the culprit's time will come.
“You lie there on the side of the road thinking people are helping you, it is good to know people are helping, but at the same time someone is stealing.
“It is pretty low how people can go to accidents and steal things.
“Their time will come one day and they will know how it feels.
Mr Porter has left hospital, but still has painful neck and shoulder injuries he says were predominately caused by the seat-belt and air-bag.
The smash has left him with nightmares.
“I just feel sorry for the family, they have lost somebody; I thank the Lord my wife is still here.”
Mr Porter has contacted his insurance company but has not yet reported the theft to police.
No hospital release date is set for Mrs Porter, who is suffering a broken sternum, broken ribs and internal stomach injuries.
To provide information to police call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.