• May 21st 2013 at 11:14AM
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No good deed goes unpunished, and Colorado resident Jesus Rivera understands this better than most after becoming a car-theft victim, a crime which left him without a truck and continuing legal troubles.

Rivera witnessed an accident over a year ago while driving near Denver. A man had rolled his car on an interstate and Rivera immediately pulled over to help. After saving the bloodied driver from the upside-down car, Rivera went to find the children the man said were in the back seat. But there were no children in the car, and when Rivera turned around, the driver he just rescued had stolen his truck.

"I don't regret it. I would do it again," Rivera told Colorado 9 News.

When his story came to light there was an outpouring of support for Rivera. Viewers helped him buy a new truck and fill it with tools that were also stolen in the incident. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of the problems for Jesus Rivera. Ten days after the truck was stolen, the crook wracked up $520 in parking tickets -- Rivera was now liable to pay.

He had to prove the tickets were issued while someone else was driving his vehicle, but Adams County didn't have a record of his case. Luckily the state police did have a record and he won't be responsible for the additional costs.

Even after the hassle and problems, Rivera told Colorado 9 News that he wouldn't think twice about stopping and helping someone again.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't the local parking enforcement run the license plate to check for outstanding parking tickets like they do in NYC or San Francisco? This is done so if they have to many outstanding tickets, they put a boot on the vehicle and you can't move it until you pay the tickets, they also find stolen vehicles that way. Maybe Colorado should get with the times and catch up with some of the other states, after all, this is the 21st century.
      Sr Brad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should read "Good Samaritan faced (nat faces) big fines. Huff Post you bore me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The city also needs to get the license number so they can impound the truck when it is ticketed They might try getting these new things called computers.
      Harry Hurt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for you, Mr. Rivera. I feel much more secure in travel knowing there are fine people such as yourself out there with me. May God bless you richly, and people like you. Thank you for making my day.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unbeliveable, glad he didn't have to pay the fines, hope he got his stolen truck back too!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish the world had a lot more people like Mr. Rivera. I am so sorry that he was mistreated by the system.
      • 2 Years Ago
      send him here to Saudi Arabia will take care of those stealing hands.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think we will just keep driving and cal 911 ....
        • 2 Years Ago
        With everybody having cell phones these days, they can call 911 themselves. Once again, technology has successfully eliminated the need to be social and help others.
      • 2 Years Ago
      any description of the perp ?
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, post 9/11, LEO are still not talking to each other? That ticket writer doesn't run the plates when writing citation? That department doesn't do a batch search of stolen/BOLO plates/cars? Wonderful. But, they'll grab your guns and certainly never miss an opportunity for revenue generation thru law enforcement.
      • 2 Years Ago
        • 2 Years Ago
        Don’t forget to add NYC to the list for showing up one day and placing no parking signs on a street which previously allowed parking than 25 minutes later issuing tickets to the cars parked on it.
      Billy Rogers
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for you, Jesus, You Go Guy!!
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