• Nov 29, 2007
We don't particularly enjoy posting about auto accidents, as totaled cars and injured humans is never a good conversation starter. Every once in a while, though, we get an opportunity to post about a crash that didn't happen thanks to the quick thinking and selfless nature of a good samaritan. Such a near miss happened yesterday in San Francisco when a driver on the Golden Gate became unconscious and her Jeep Grand Cherokee came to a stop in the second lane from the center divide. John Beatty almost rammed his Ford F-350 into the back of the Jeep, but stopped just in time. The 50-year-old man from Mill Valley, CA then noticed the Jeep began to creep forward and to the left. Realizing it was headed towards the divide and into oncoming traffic, Beatty positioned his truck in front of the SUV so that it would hit him instead of crossing over. He then guided the Jeep across two lanes of road, which had fortunately been cleared of traffic when other drivers began to realize what Beatty was doing. Unfortunately, there is a sad ending to this story, as the unconscious driver of the Jeep eventually died at the hospital. If it hadn't been for Beatty, however, you would've heard about a fatal multi-car accident on the Golden Gate bridge last night.
Thanks for the tip, Patrick!

[Source: sfgate.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I saved a shopping cart from running into a parked 977 Carrera S with my 2000 Honda Civic LX once. Lucky it hit my front tire since they were turned. Too pad the owner of the 911 wasn't there to see.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Awesome! Way to be...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Props to the pickup driver. Good thing he wasn't driving a Smart ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have driven over the Golden Gate plenty of times and when all 6 lanes of the bridge is being used there is nothing but a series of plastic orange upright lane markers to keep someone from going right over into oncoming traffic. Whenever I go over it, I turn my lights on and keep my eyes peeled and try to stay out of the center lanes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My heart goes out to both the woman who passed and to the good samaritan who saved many other lives!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not make the issurance companies our bitch. We are being conditioned to accept slavery to the system. Stop sigh-ing, and fight!, form groups!, resist!. So many posts here about how good people feel about the man who acted out and maybe saved lives, and such apathey and acceptance that it is statis quo for the system to penalize him for being decent. If not, then why not make your self some chains and shackles. 99.99% of people would not do this..?? I doubt that, most people are good but few are strong to do what they know is right, people have been conditioned to be in fear, social networks of families / neighbors systematically destroyed. "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who think they are free". Fight! Vote for Ron Paul!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yep, people like him are hard to come by these days. The majority of people today will only look out for themselves even if that means hurting someone or letting someone get hurt in the process. I applaud this guy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the most worthwhile thing i have seen posted on autoblog. ever. kudos to the pickup truck driver for thinking quickly and without haste and may God bless the woman driving the jeep, also. this just reminded me that extraordinary people can appear in just the right places.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The man who guided the dying or deceased woman in the Jeep displayed remarkable thoughtfulness.

      Unfortunately, the woman in the Jeep died. I read that she was a nurse--a person whose job involved helping others--and that she also collected ducks.

      So, she was certainly someone I would have liked (note my name). It's a sad story but could have been a disaster if not for a man with both a good heart and a quick and clear-thinking brain. There's should be a secure place in heaven for people like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      something about pickup truck drivers... i guess they don't care if their truck is dented. I smacked my brand new volvo into some guys silverado and he didn't give a sh*t...meanwhile i was freaking out haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...and the guy's insurance company will thank him by raising his rates.

      Call me cynical, but that's my guess on what will happen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sad but true. The insurance industry is such an unbelievable scam.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The way I'm reading it, I think the jeep hit him in the rear...if so, it's likely the Jeeps fault.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i don't think you're cynical, I thought the same thing after reading the story. Hopefully as this story recieves more attention his insurance will realize it would be a bitch move to raise his rates.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Point well taken. I always said that lawers, insurance and people trying to make a quick buck killed the good samaritan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He should set up a donation site and forget telling his insurance altogether. We the people should reward citizens like this. That or perhaps a Bay Area garage could come forward and just offer to fix his vehicle gratis.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought that kind of behavior was long dead. Glad to know such people still exist. I'm pretty sure 99.99% of the folks out here wouldn't have done that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you're totally right, i probably woulda only thought of what i could have done to help the situation afterwards.

        in many ways this guy is a hero...!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a sad and yet heartwarming story. I admire that man's courage and quick thinking, and I wish him all the best! May his truck run million miles without problems!
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