"J.R.—you all right?" said Howard.
"Yeah, just give me a minute or two," he said. "I feel a little dizzy." After turning him over on his stomach, Ewell raced to a telephone to call an ambulance.
"I got a headache," Richard said. "My head hurts." Howard got down next to him. He didn't know what to do. "Are you all right?" he kept asking.
"Just let me lay here," J.R. said.
Howard asked him again how he was. "My ear's ringin' " J.R. said. "There's something ringin' in my ear."
Richard closed and opened his eyes. Howard said he seemed only semiconscious. At one point, Howard says, Richard slurred his speech. It got worse. "Grab your tongue and try to say something," Howard explains. "That's how he sounded."
Still lying face down, Richard put his right hand under his chin and felt his left cheek with the palm.
"Where does it hurt?" Howard asked.
"It don't hurt," J.R. said. "I don't feel anything on the side of my face. I can't feel it. I can't feel it."
Howard was scared and confused. "What should I do?" he kept thinking.