NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Good Samaritan sprang into action and came to the rescue of a woman after her car caught fire along Interstate 95 in Northwest Miami-Dade.
The fiery accident happened Saturday morning in the northbound lanes, just north of the 95th Street Northwest exit.
Speaking to 7News hours later, Daniel Boscacci said he was driving home when he saw the burning car in the ditch.
“I saw a bunch of cars swinging and stuff like that happening, and shortly after I saw all those cars swinging, I looked back and saw the woman’s car on fire and upside down,” he said.
Boscacci said he saw no first responders on the scene, just a few people standing around.
“The car was on fire and I just wanted to see if anyone was in it,” he said. “When I got to the car, she just yelled and screamed and asked for help, and I saw what she was trying to do.”
Realizing that the victim was trying to break the glass, Boscacci went back to his car.
“I ran back to my car and was looking for some kind of tool,” he said. “I started screaming for tools. Luckily someone had a sledgehammer.”
Video showed Boscacci running towards the burning vehicle. Seconds later, the Good Samaritan used the sledgehammer to smash the windshield of the overturned car.
Moments later, he is seen pulling the victim out of the wreckage and bringing her to safety.
Once he put the woman on the ground, Boscaccy and another man started pouring water on her to cool her down until paramedics arrived.
At the time, Boscacci said, he hoped that by risking his life, he would save someone else’s.
“I just asked the universe, like, ‘Give me a few minutes, if there was some kind of burn, just give me that window to be diligent and get her out earlier,'” he said.
The Miami-Dade Fire Department rushed to the scene and managed to extinguish the flames.
The woman was taken to hospital, where she is still recovering.
Boscacci, truck driver and part-time DJ, has no formal training, but is hailed as a hero thanks to his fast and decisive performance.
But, he said, he doesn’t feel comfortable with that word.
“I am so thankful that no one died. For example, people always want to say ‘hero’. I don’t necessarily feel very good about that,” he said. “The heroes are the people who do this every day.”
He said his message is that those who are able to help should do so. He added that he would like to meet the woman he rescued so he can look her in the eye to see if she’s okay.
The cause of the crash with the rollover is still unknown on Saturday evening.
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