Crash victim trapped 6 days atop dead friend

Richard Koester, featured on ABC News, survived six days without food or water. (Image from

Richard Koester, featured on ABC News, survived six days without food or water. (Image from

The holiday dedicated to thankfulness has passed, but it’s always nice to be alive.

Just ask Richard Koester.

The Colorado man survived a car crash, was trapped in the wreckage for six days without food or water and spent almost a week lying atop his dead friend.

Koester tells ABC News he is thankful he can’t recall most details of the ordeal.

“I was laying on top of him the whole six days and nights. I had no idea he was with me when I woke up,” Koester said. “He kept me a little warmer for a few extra days.”

Koester spoke to the media Monday, more than two months after the wreck that cost him both his legs and killed his friend Ronald Mohr.

Mohr was driving a pickup truck Oct. 11 when the vehicle skidded and crashed in a 30-foot ravine. A road worker spotted the wreckage Oct. 17.

Koester has had five surgeries and has trouble speaking but he says his life now has a purpose.

“I have a new respect for life. I’m not going to do a lot of stupid things I did in the past,” Koester said. “I think God has a plan for me. That’s why I lived.”

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December 3rd, 2013
10:09 am

No mention of whether or not they were wearing seat belts, I’m guessing not. Apparently they were found by pure chance, after being missing for six days was no one looking for them?

Tim T.

December 3rd, 2013
1:56 pm

That fainting squirrel designed my affordable healthcare website.

Mayor Kasim Reed

December 3rd, 2013
2:37 pm

Work at home SCAMMERS in 3….2….1……


December 3rd, 2013
4:50 pm

My sister’s best friend’s babysitter’s boyfriend made over 12K last month working only 5 hours a week from home!…just kidding.