"George Zimmerman saved my family from car smash."
The man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin emerged from hiding to rescue a family from an overturned SUV.
George Zimmerman ignited international protest when he was acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month. And while Mr Zimmerman has remained largely out of the spotlight since being found not guilty of the fatal shooting last Saturday, he is reported as emerging from hiding to save a family from their overturned vehicle.
The driver of the SUV, Mark Gerstle, told firefighters upon arrival: "George Zimmerman pulled me out." Mr Gerstle was in the car with his wife Dana and their two children, aged four and eight when their vehicle overturned on a Florida freeway. Mr Zimmerman was one of the men who rushed to the family's aid. It is his first known public sighting since his court case.
No serious injuries were reported from the single vehicle crash and the second aide has not yet been identified.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed that Mr Zimmerman assisted at the scene, although he was not a witness. "Two men - one of whom was George Zimmerman - had already helped assist the family by getting them out of the overturned vehicle’’.
‘‘Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy,’’ the statement said.
A spokesman for Mr Zimmerman confirmed his client's involvement in assisting the family following the smash. ‘‘We spoke with George on Friday and he made no mention of this at all. That’s very typical of George,’’ the spokesman said. ‘‘He has a history of getting involved ... it’s just the way he is.
‘‘There has already been the backlash of people saying this is some sort of PR stunt but it isn’t. We’ve had it confirmed by the Sheriff.’’