You ever hear a story and start cringing before you hear the end because you know how it's going to turn out? That could very well have been the case with the story from a few weeks ago in West Valley City, Utah, where a 14-year-old kid stole his grandfather's Hyundai Veloster and took it for a joyride – through a park full of children. But instead it turned into a heart-warming tale of heroism and a community banding together to do what's right... and then some.

Bryson Rowley was that hero who identified the danger and, rather than sit idly by and watch the joyrider potentially run over a child, got into his truck and drove it into the menacing runaway hatchback. The collision caused some $7,500 to his 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, but instead of getting stuck with the bill – one which his insurance may very well have refused to pay since the crash was, technically speaking, intentional – his community pitched in a helping hand.

Bryan Ellison, who owns West Valley Carstar with his brother, saw the news on television and wanted to help. So he brought Rowley a rental car, picked up his truck and brought it back to his auto repair shop. People from around the community donated parts, and when all was said and done, some $15,000 of work and upgrades were performed on the Ram that was returned to an overwhelmed Bryson Rowley better than new. Watch the video below for the full story.


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      jjmoonen
      • 5 Months Ago
      To those of you that don't seem to have a clue. Why is you think this guy is some sort of out of control vigilante? When it came down to it he made a quick decision based on the current situation. There were multiple lives in danger and the punk kid in the stolen car was not going to stop for anyone much less the police. The driver of the truck did what most NORMAL people would do and stopped the threat the only way he could. HE damaged "property"......ok big deal. None of the kids in that park or other pedestrians ended up getting hurt or killed and that is whats important. The man is a hero, NOT a vigilante. Were it not for him this story would have likely had a very different and much more grim ending. Its the people that say everyday citizens shouldn't intervene in these situations that make our world less safe. Once in awhile people do intervene, people do feel the need to help out their fellow man and people do the RIGHT thing. Those people are not saying screw the law, they are thinking that if I don't do something some one will get hurt or killed. That is how it should be, if everyone banded together and looked out for each other, crime would be almost non-existent.
        nightthunder86
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jjmoonen
        Well said! It is unbelievable how people in today's world sit idly by when they can easily step in. PS. I hope that kid who stole the car had the crap scared out of him.
          Mike M
          • 5 Months Ago
          @nightthunder86
          They are afraid of being sued. :(
        graphikzking
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jjmoonen
        Completely agree. This wasn't a vigilante trying a "pit maneuver" they saw in Lethal Weapon 10 years ago. This was a guy that put HIMSELF and HIS truck in harms way the same way a police officer or firefighter puts their bodies in front of a threat for a child. IF I saw this guy tearing through the grass chasing the guy I would have ripped into him but he wasn't driving erratic and out of control. He was very much in control the entire time. So I commend him on being 1. brave and 2. smart. There are plenty of brave people that do dumb things. There are plenty of smart people that won't do the brave thing. It's rare that the 2 come together to perfection and this time was one of them! So thank you!
        Peter_G
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jjmoonen
        If good faith laws that protect police in acting were extended to civilians, more people would act. Imagine a more liberal state like MD where the guy with the truck would have been sued by the grandfather of the kid for damaging his stolen vehicle and causing "irreparable mental harm" to his grandson. Truck driver is now flat broke, so was it worth it?
          Chris
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Peter_G
          If his actions had prevented others from being killed by this kid driving through the park then to answer your question, YES. It would have been worth it. There some things that are more important than money.
      Gorgenapper
      • 5 Months Ago
      Truly excellent news. I didn't watch the chase video until today, and I didn't realize the 14 year old actually drove ACROSS a park where kids were playing. I hope that kid is getting the beating of his life right about now.
        LivetoDrive
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        the kid should be dead! This hero may have stopped him now....but next time the kid will murder
          Neez
          • 5 Months Ago
          @LivetoDrive
          Yea, no doubt this kid will grow up to be a career criminal. Most kids that bad never change.
      Harry Bailey
      • 5 Months Ago
      thats what it takes, good people doing the right thing.
      froggyswim76
      • 5 Months Ago
      I just love these kind of positive news stories that always put a smile of satisfaction on my face! God bless the man who unselfishly saved the day, and to all of those that made it possible to put a smile on HIS face!
      Dennis Jaecklein
      • 5 Months Ago
      ithink the morons that said that he shouldn,t have done that are morons if that was their kid about to be run down by that 14 year old brat they would be singing a different tune a truck can be fixed or replaced but a human life can,t get a grip you morons save a life not a truck
      thescientist4590
      • 5 Months Ago
      Faith in humanity restored
      Petrol
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is a nice restoration of humanity.
      Cruising
      • 5 Months Ago
      This kid will have to live the rest of his life knowing he got Rammed.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Quite a heart warming story.
      Mr Sled
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great story.
      ocbrad1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Love these stories...helps restore my faith in humanity. Good on ya, Bryson for risking your own personal safety to defend those in the park, and good on ya Bryan and West Valley Carstar for giving a damn.
      btulliani
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good job! It's great to see citizens performing acts of bravery. Evil prevails when good people do nothing.
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