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Missing diabetic found hurt 4 days after car crash

Ate crackers, drank dew for sustenance

MONSON -- A 59-year-old diabetic from Palmer survived for four days by eating Wheat Thins and drinking dew after his car went off a road last week.

Raymond A. Vachon, who was reported missing by his wife on Tuesday, was rescued Saturday after a resident walking his dog heard his cries.

Vachon said he had lost control of his car about 5 a.m. on Tuesday and crashed about 30 feet into the brush.

He suffered a leg fracture and was weak and dehydrated, police said. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and held overnight.

``I'm sorry to say, I was thinking of writing notes. . . . I was basically giving up," Vachon said in an interview with The Republican of Springfield.

He tried to make it out on his own. ``(Saturday) morning, I had to almost tumble out of the car. I made it through two rolls. The third roll was just impossible. I was in so much pain. There was nothing left to do but scream and yell."

Linda Vachon reported her husband of 35 years missing after he did not return home from an overnight shift working security at a Springfield grocery store. ``I was praying to God and asking for a miracle," she said. ``We honestly thought he had met with foul play." Linda Vachon estimated that her husband was unconscious until Thursday. She said he awoke and began taking insulin, nibbling on the Wheat Thins he kept in the car and drinking dew off leaves and the windshield.

Roger Pikul came upon Vachon about 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.

``Oh, my God, I love that guy," Raymond Vachon said of Pikul. ``He's my new best friend."

Palmer police officer John Melnick alerted the Vachon household. ``It was nice to bring someone some good news," Melnick said.

Raymond Vachon now plans on buying a cellphone.

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