New Jersey truck driver Owen Flynn, 62, died attempting to help a car accident victim on Interstate 287 South in Edison on April 16, according to New Jersey On-Line. Heather Maco, 37, lost control of her car and struck the side of one tractor trailer before hitting Flynn’s truck and flipping over on the highway.
Flynn raced towards Maco’s capsized Acura to rescue her when it was hit by another tractor trailer. Both Flynn and Maco were pronounced dead at the scene. New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman told reporters that authorities were not sure whether Maco was still alive when Flynn attempted to rescue her. There were no other injuries in the accident.
Flynn is certainly brave for risking his life to save a total stranger’s life and witnesses noted he did not take much time to think, just reacting and running to rescue Maco. Laurie Flynn, Owen’s sister, told reporters about a similar incident in 1996 in which he ran back into the wreckage of an accident he was involved in to attempt to save other victims.
Flynn’s courage is nothing short of admirable, but authorities say that is not how bystanders should react following an accident.
“If you’re involved in an accident, or witness an accident, call 911 and wait for first responders,” said Grossman.
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