It's unclear how long the newborn had been left in the road. She too was "shocked", he told The Fresno Bee.
Authorities rescued a newborn girl early on Monday after she was found lying on the road in California's Madera County.More news: Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal
A witness said he had encountered a woman with a baby just minutes before the infant was found who had begged him to take the child, United States outlet ABC News reported. This female got out of her vehicle, asked the man if he could help her and asked him to take her child.
He immediately called 911 and waited with the baby until an ambulance arrived, fearful the little girl might be taken by the coyotes common to the area. He refused, and pointed her toward a nearby hospital and fire station.
Paramedics took the infant to Valley Children's Hospital, where she is expected to make a full recovery, said officials. Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to the Madera County Sheriff's office for information on the baby and mother and will update this post when it responds.More news: BBC cameraman 'violently pushed and shoved' during Trump rally
In its Facebook post, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said the mother is believed to be "a Hispanic female adult, possibly in her early 20s", according to witnesses, who were not able to provide a precise physical description.
The baby was wearing one-piece flannel pajamas and was cold but otherwise healthy, deputies said. She was seen leaving the scene in a small, white SUV.
'Parents or persons with lawful custody can safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, at designated safe drop-off sites. The sites are typically hospitals or fire stations.More news: Jeremy Lin leaving Hawks for Raptors