'I didn't want him to hurt anybody,' says Montrealer who used SUV to protect pedestrians from speeding car

  
Via:  freefaller  •  3 weeks ago  •  10 comments

'I didn't want him to hurt anybody,' says Montrealer who used SUV to protect pedestrians from speeding car

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Erick Marciano was stopped in his SUV, heading to a meeting Tuesday afternoon, when he saw a runaway car go blazing through a red light, followed by police in hot pursuit. Not thinking much of it, he turned left onto René-Lévesque Boulevard from Berri Street when his light turned green.

Then he saw the speeding car make a U-turn in front of him, barrelling back in the opposite direction — and toward a crowd of pedestrians and construction workers at the intersection. "I didn't want him to hurt anybody," Marciano told CBC Montreal's Daybreak. "I figured, sacrificing a car was really no big deal. And that's what I did." Honking his horn, Marciano swerved his SUV over the median, blocking the lane in front of the speeding car. The vehicle slammed into the passenger side of his car. Only the suspect was injured.

Now, police are hailing Marciano as a hero for protecting the dozen or so pedestrians who were in harm's way.

Heat of the moment decision


Marciano said the intersection was busy with people going to the nearby CHUM superhospital, workers out on their lunch break and ever-present construction workers. "It came into my mind, I said: 'this isn't going to happen here," he said. He said he wasn't thinking about his own safety in the moment, but was confident his truck could take the hit. "I figured, he had a Honda, and there was no way he was going over the median," he said. "For me, that was the safest thing to do." After the crash, he said the suspect's vehicle was still running, its wheels spinning slowly in the snow.

Police arrested the 19-year-old driver at the scene. He appeared in a Montreal court Wednesday afternoon and was charged with several criminal offences. Those offences include dangerous driving, impaired driving, failing to stop for police, driving a stolen vehicle, assault with a weapon, driving with a suspended licence and breaking conditions. The suspect's mother attended the court appearance. She thanked Marciano for intervening and said her son has struggled with mental health issues since he was a child. The government needs to take mental health issues more seriously, she said, and it shouldn't take this kind of incident for her son to get help.

Damage 'doesn't matter,' he says


After the crash, Marciano spent the next three hours in a cruiser as he waited to be interviewed by grateful police. "They were very, very thankful. Very thankful. Too thankful — it was embarrassing!" He said his family was shocked when they heard what he'd done, but were also supportive. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante tweeted her thanks Wednesday morning, saying that his "heroic gesture saved the lives of many pedestrians."

His SUV was heavily damaged in the collision, but Marciano's insurance company told him Wednesday morning they were not holding him responsible for the crash. "What matters is the outcome, and everything's well, and everybody could go home last night."


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Freefaller
1  seeder  Freefaller    3 weeks ago

This is a new one to me. Thanks to this mans selfless sacrifice some peoples lives were possibly saved. Congrats to him

Not to take away from his heroics but below is what I found to be the most amazing thing about incident

His SUV was heavily damaged in the collision, but Marciano's insurance company told him Wednesday morning they were not holding him responsible for the crash
 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @1    3 weeks ago

Maybe the manufacturer or a dealership of his SUV will give him a new one to reward him for his act of heroism.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.1.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.1    3 weeks ago

Paula never thought of that myself but you may be right.  If nothing else it certainly would be good PR for the dealership

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freefaller @1    3 weeks ago

What he did was not only smart, but heroic - he actually took his own life in his hands to save the lives of others.  The police should provide him with the honour of a citation. 

The insurance company did the righteous thing.  I would want to use that insurance company, but not invest in it.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.2.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2    3 weeks ago
I would want to use that insurance company, but not invest in it.

Lol, smart man.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Kudos to Mr. Marciano, well done. Chances are he saved some lives.

The insurance thing was a shock to me...LOL..Didn't expect that from the insurer. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Nor did I.  Insurance companies look for every possible way to NOT pay off a claim, but I think that what they did in this case is the best publicity an insurance company could ever get. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3  sandy-2021492    3 weeks ago

Kudos to him for his courage and quick thinking.

 
 
 
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4  TᵢG    3 weeks ago

Altruism in action.    jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
charger 383
5  charger 383    3 weeks ago

He saved some insurance companies a lot of money and more importantly saved people from death or injury 

 
 
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