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Driving while observant.

Leslie Brown

A morning drive to work turned into an opportunity for a “mild mannered” accountant to save someone’s life.

Gonzalo Outeiro was driving to work on 101 in Marin, California when he noticed a car off to the side of the highway, in a ditch. At first, he thought it was just an abandoned vehicle. Something made him stop.

Curiosity got the better of Gonzalo, and as he approached the vehicle he found a 60 year old man slumped over the steering wheel, foot still pressing on the accelerator; flames beginning to make an appearance.

An off-duty fireman also stopped, and the two were able to drag the unconscious man from the vehicle, up a muddy and slippery embankment, and away from any possible harm were the car to explode.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was later released. A police officer at the scene said that had Gonzalo not acted when he did, the man would have perished in the accident.

“If someone is in trouble you help. If it was me I would want someone to do the same.”

~Gonzalo Outeiro

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