ABC News reports that the first public sighting of Zimmerman since his acquittal occurred late last week while he was pulling a man from an overturned pickup truck on the side of the road.
Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of a family of four — two parents and two children — trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, police said. The crash site is less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin.
By the time police arrived, two people – including Zimmerman – had already helped the family get out of the overturned car, the sheriff’s office said. No one was reported to be injured.
Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after speaking with the deputy, police said.
The good samaritan act put Zimmerman’s efforts to remain hidden from the public eye on hold for a moment. Efforts that most would agree are well founded.
Since the night of the shooting, Zimmerman, as well as just about anyone remotely linked to him, have experienced threats of violence and death to varying degrees, according to ABC News.
“We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats,” Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman said.”‘Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed’ — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.”
I’m not sure what, if any, effect this random act of kindness will have on the barrage of threats the Zimmerman camp has been exposed to over the last 16 months.
If nothing else, perhaps it can serve at least to show a more human side of a man who has been fairly consistently vilified by many on the national media stage.
UPDATE 7/22/2013 at 5:00pm EDT: Breitbart News reports that Zimmerman also assisted in extinguishing the fire.
According to Sanford Police, Zimmerman had a fire extinguisher with him. The eyewitness told Breitbart News he helped assist the family out of the vehicle and put out the fire with the extinguisher.
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