Good Samaritans rescue man from burning car

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A group of friends that stopped at a crash scene in Virginia Beach ended up saving a life.

The group of five saw a car on fire along North Great Neck Road near Wolfsnare Road around 1:15 a.m. Saturday. They stopped and helped three men and two women.

“We were leaving Hot Tuna, driving toward Venue 112,” said Stephanie Ann, one of the Good Samaritans.

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She said they were out celebrating a friend’s promotion, driving from one night spot to the next, when they saw the burning car in the median.

“We were wearing stilettos and dress up clothes and running in mud and dirt trying to get to this person to make sure they were okay,” she said.

While a female friend consoled a woman crying at the scene, Stephanie called 911. In the meantime, her three male friends were the muscle. They could see the other car had crashed into a tree, so they started pulling branches to rescue the young man stuck in the passenger seat.

“It was just amazing to see these three guys, not knowing who this person was, just jump in there and kind of risk themselves,” Stephanie said. “One of them got first-degree burns on his face, but he didn’t notice until a police officer pointed it out to him. I guess adrenaline was just pumping.”

Stephanie said the passenger was unconscious, but they could tell he was alive, because he was snoring. They could also tell the flames were getting bigger.

“We dragged him about 50 yards back,” she said. “The car started popping off started to go haywire so we dragged him back even further.”

The fire roared as paramedics arrived. Stephanie and her friends huddled together, grateful they were able to save a life.

“It definitely feels good to do something for someone else,” she said.

Police say the passenger survived, but has serious injuries. They have not released his identity.

Investigators say alcohol was a factor in the crash, but no charges have been filed.

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