Man Drives Hummer in Front of Speeding Car, Saves Children
Say what you will about Hummers, but you can’t deny that they’re probably one of the best cars to be in during a collision. Especially if you intentionally cause that collision in order to save four children from getting hit by a speeding vehicle.
Such was the case for Darrell Krushelnicki, a man from Edmonton, Canada, who intentionally drove his Hummer into the path of a speeding car this week. Krushelnicki was sitting at a stoplight when he noticed four kids, ranging in age from three to sixteen, crossing the street at a crosswalk. He also noticed that, while a number of vehicles were stopped at the crosswalk, a silver Pontiac was coming up to it fast – and didn’t seem to be slowing down.
“You just had that feeling where you knew something bad was going to happen. I had to get in front of him,” said Krushelnicki. “He didn’t have any attention to the crosswalk and the kids. I was quite sure he was going to hit them.”
Krushelnicki also stated that he believed that the driver of the silver Pontiac appeared to be on the phone. Police later revealed that the Pontiac was travelling at nearly 50mph (80 km/h).
Reacting quickly, Krushelnicki drove out into the intersection. The Pontiac collided with the front passenger’s side of his Hummer. Krushelnicki then got out of his car and checked on the children to ensure that they weren’t hit by any debris. He suffered only a chipped tooth in the accident.
Police are commending the man’s actions, and a Facebook fan group has been created for the newly-dubbed ‘Hummer Hero’. And, not only will Krushelnicki not face charges for causing the accident, his insurance company will not be holding him liable – meaning his deductible will be waived.
23-year-old John Troy Heitzman will be charged with dangerous driving. Seriously, you guys, does it even need to be said? Don’t talk on your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel. That is all.