Tire shop employee uses jack to rescue man pinned beneath car in Murray

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 19:19:39-04

MURRAY, Utah -- A pedestrian was hit and pinned under a car Friday morning but was rescued after a Big O Tires employee saw the crash and rushed to help.

Murray police said the crash happened around 10 a.m. Friday. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, told police she was fatigued and dizzy when her car veered off State Street onto the sidewalk.

The car first crashed into a motorcycle, totaling the front of it, and then smashed through a stack of tires. The car continued along the sidewalk, slamming into a power pole. That's when the car hit the 21-year-old pedestrian--pinning him under the vehicle and dragging him several yards.

Employees at Big O Tires heard the crash, and that's when Armando Espinoza ran outside to see what happened.

"We didn't know a person was under the car until we heard him screaming and we heard him yelling," Espinoza said. "First thing I thought was, 'I have to get a jack so I can get him out' so I went over and jacked the car up and we just saw that he was all scratched and everything."

The victim was then taken to the hospital. Police said the pedestrian is in stable condition and has several fractures. He will be going into surgery Friday for his femur and knee cap.

The driver was cited with a moving violation.