In case you missed it, a couple and their stroller’d baby were making their way along a highway crosswalk when a racing drunk driver sped through the red light.
Death was on the docket.
At the absolute split-second right time, a car shot in front of the murderous missile, blocking it from stealing the lives of Ulysses Betancourt, his fiancee, Gabrielle Burns, and their one-year-old son, Damian.
Also, thanks to the perfect timing of the chivalrous Chevy Cruze, no one inside that vehicle was seriously harmed.
Later in the evening, intoxicated wheelman Ernesto Oveso was arrested. The 23-year-old (some outlets indicate 28) — who had four outstanding warrants — was charged with “aggravated assault for attempting to stab a witness at the scene,” DUI, and “being a prohibited possessor of a firearm.”
See the incredible event for yourself:
An angel in the form of a Chevy Cruz may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk at 53rd Ave & Indian School.
The innocent driver will be OK. The red-light runner was arrested for DUI. pic.twitter.com/Ypz8AQZrmi
— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) October 23, 2019
As it turns out, there’s a very happy ending there as well.
As reported by Fox News, executives from used car dealer Carvana jumped at the chance to gift her a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze to replace the one sacrificed in order to save a child and his parents.
Teresa Aragon, Director of Customer Operations for the retailer, explained to Fox10:
“When we heard about this, we recognized her as a community hero and when you watch the video it’s so compelling we wanted to reach out to this woman and thank her for this remarkable action.”
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) October 30, 2019
It’s easy to see why they’d want to help Shannon.
Despite her own trauma from the accident, she’d told reporters last week, “Even though it wasn’t my intention to (crash into the speeding Jeep), the way I see it was, it was meant to happen that way.”
Shannon Vivar was injured in the crash, and damage to the car has put her in debt, she said. The family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover expenses.
“For other people, it was the right time. For us, it was the wrong time. But it’s a blessing,” her mother said. “That’s the only way I can see it.”
In addition to the financial strain, Shannon Vivar said she’s feeling the emotional effects of surviving a major car crash; it’s difficult to get back on the road for daily activities like taking her kids to school.
But, she added, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“For me, being able to be there at the right time, it makes me feel good, even though I’m in the situation I’m in right now,” she said.
And now, the car is going a long way toward making things better:
“I’ve been having a hard time coping with everything and this makes me feel really good.”
But wait — there’s more: In addition to the new wheels, Carvana gave Shannon and her family tickets to Disneyland.
Have fun, everyone. And whenever possible, use the FastPass.
But not the kind Ernesto used.
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