A nurse has praised the good Samaritans that broke off from their morning commute to help an elderly man who fell in front of a car.

Violetta Hajjar said it warmed her heart to see "normal people" going out of their way to help the 92-year-old, who had fallen over as he crossed St Albans Road in Watford at 8.17am on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old from Jersey Farm, who had just completed a 12-hour shift at Watford General Hospital, paid tribute to the young mother-of-two, off duty policeman and her fellow off-duty nurse, Rosebel, who were already at the scene when she pulled over to lend her expertise.

Violetta said: "I was driving home to St Albans when I saw a man in the road. A beautiful young mother, on the school run, had left her two children in the car to help and there was also a beautiful nurse there.

"The ambulance driver arrived and was coordinating everything, and then an off-duty policeman pulled over to help.

"The man was bleeding quite heavily and we got him off to A&E, but he managed to say ‘thank you ladies’ and I think he will be fine.

"It’s not unusual for me to help someone, but I thought how lovely it was to see these normal people going about their day stopping to help someone as they didn’t have to, so I wanted to thank them as this proves there are still good people out there among us."

Violetta said she had recommended Rosebel, who is from Spain, for the hospital’s Star of the Month Award for going the extra mile.

She said: "She was riding her bike home after finishing a shift in a little jacket which got covered in blood and she was back at work again later that night. She could have just gone home to sleep."

Violetta, who has worked for the West Hertfordshire NHS Hospitals Trust for 18 years, since moving to the UK from Serbia, said she plans to visit the injured pensioner in hospital "to see if he is OK".