The phrase ‘timing is everything’ is hitting close to home for a family in Phoenix who narrowly escaped being run down by an impaired driver.
Phoenix police released dramatic video of a Jeep barreling through a red light and heading straight towards a couple pushing a stroller in a crosswalk. The Jeep then smashes into a Chevy Cruz travelling through the intersection with a green light, just feet from the family.
In a Facebook post, police called the Chevy a “hero” and said it may have saved the lives of the pedestrians.
Police say the driver of the Jeep, Ernesto Otanez Oveso, and a female passenger fled the scene following the crash. “Oveso and a woman in the car with him took off running after the accident. Oveso noticed a witness was following him and told that man to stop, even stabbing one of the doors on his car,” said police.
The 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with DUI and aggravated assault. He also faces a weapons charge after police found a gun in the Jeep. The passenger was not located.
The driver of the Chevy Cruz, a 27-year-old woman, suffered non-life threatening injuries.