A quick-thinking tow-truck driver saved the life of a driver trapped in her car after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Richmond Hill today, say York Region police.
The victim was driving her Toyota Camry eastbound on Elgin Mills Rd. in the curb lane when she was struck by a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck travelling westbound in the passing lane around 2 a.m. Witnesses say the driver of the Avalanche suddenly swerved left and crossed the eastbound lanes, striking the south curb and then swerving out again, striking the Camry head-on.
The Avalanche burst into flames and the woman was trapped in her Camry near the burning truck.
A tow-truck driver who witnessed the accident used his truck to pull the Camry away from the burning vehicle.
The driver, who was extricated from her car by Richmond Hill fire services, was taken to hospital where she remains in serious condition.
The driver of the Avalanche was not injured, while his passenger suffered minor injuries.
Investigating officers believe the driver of the Avalanche was driving with an illegal blood alcohol level.
Charged is Robert Roberts, 38, of Aurora.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 28.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Canadian Towing Hero!
A standing ovation goes to an unnamed Canadian wrecker driver who saved a driver from a fiery wreck. Here's the story from TheStar.com:
Posted by Cyndi Kight, Associate Editor of Towing & Recovery Footnotes at 9:09 AM