Police: Cincinnati family springs into action, pulls driver from burning car

Cincinnati family frees man from car fire on Harrison Avenue

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Cincinnati family sprang into action after a car crashed right outside their North Fairmount home.

The family helped to free the driver and extinguish the car’s flames early Wednesday, Cincinnati police said.

The incident occurred in the 2000 block of Harrison Avenue about 2 a.m. The driver of a black Ford Focus crashed into a pole, dispatchers said.

“I heard a big bang and I went outside, seen the car, so I grabbed my jacket and my shoes and ran down and just pulled the guy out of the car," Scott Mays said.

Mays’s mother, Kris Kerkondis, and David Linville helped to free the driver.

“I was frightened for the man that was in the car,” Kerkondis said. “I was afraid we weren’t going to get him out in time because he was still entrapped and the fire was actually starting under the hood. You could see the flames coming up.”

Mays says the driver wouldn’t budge at first, so they had to get in the car to get his legs untangled from the seat belt.

“Once we got him untangled,” Mays said, “we got him out and dragged him down the street.”

A few moments longer, and he might not have made it.

“I mean probably ten, 15 more seconds, and his car was gone," Mays explained. “He would have died.”

The 20-year-old driver was taken by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to police.

“I would just hope that if it was me, or these guys, or someone in my family,” Linville said, “that they’d do the same thing."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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