As Carm Smith left her CornerSmiths shop at the corner of East Waterloo and South High streets in Canal Winchester one evening last week, a parked car with its brake lights on caught her attention.
The vehicle was stopped in front of the now-closed Bob McDorman Automotive Museum and looked out of place.
At first, Smith said, she thought the man driving might have been interested in buying the property. But she couldn't shake the feeling that something wasn't right.
"I went around the block and then came back and saw a man in the driver's seat who appeared to be sleeping," she said. "I knocked on the window and could see there was a female in the back seat. I pounded on the window and got no response."
Smith went across the street to the offices of Lynch Retirement Advisors where Cindi Lynch was speaking with a couple clients.
"We got 911, we called neighbors, we called nurses we know," Lynch said. "I just want to give Carm credit for taking the initiative. This was pretty upsetting for people to see. The car was still running."
Help arrived soon after Smith and Lynch called 911.
According to a Fairfield County Sheriff's Office report, deputies and the Madison Township Fire Department were called to 45 E. Waterloo St. at 5 p.m. July 27. The 25-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman, both from Canal Winchester, were unconscious, sheriff's reports said.
The two were revived with Narcan, emergency treatment for a known or suspected opioid overdose, before being taken to the Diley Ridge Medical Center for further treatment, sheriff's reports said.
Deputies who searched the vehicle reported finding more than 100 pills, including 55 hydromorphone pills, 54 lorazepam pills, 10 cyclobenzaprine pills, a set of scales, marijuana, what was identified as "drug pipes" and an unidentified white substance that will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be analyzed.
According to the report, the man told investigators that he and the woman had "snorted all the heroin they had ... and that's all he remembers."
Lynch said a group of residents had planned to attend Canal Winchester City Council's Aug. 7 meeting to discuss speeding motorists but the overdose incident is prompting questions about drugs in the community.
The incident remains under investigation. ThisWeek is not naming the two because no charges had been filed against them by press time.
Smith said she was relieved when she got a thumbs-up from paramedics treating the duo last Thursday.
"I just trust somebody else would've come to that same conclusion," Smith said. "I really trust this community so much that if it wouldn't have been me, it would've been someone else moments later."