MARGARITO MARTINEZ approached Road Runner Road carefully in storm-ravaged Santa Clarita, California, last March. A swollen creek had flooded it. Martinez, driving a Toyota SUV, figured he’d be OK. Big mistake.
Hal fway across, the rushing waters grabbed hold of his vehicle, sweeping it off the road and washing it down a rocky streambed. It finally stopped a good 25 metres away, when the water somehow lifted the SUV and wedged it in the ground at a 45-degree angle. Bruised, shaken and trapped inside with the muddy water rising quickly, Martinez was certain he was going to die.
On the road right behind Martinez were a delivery driver and his niece. They watched the horror unfold, and when Martinez’s SUV came to rest in the middle of the gushing creek, the man leapt into action.
First, he grabbed heavy- duty straps from the back of his van and secured the teetering SUV to nearby posts. Then he climbed atop Martinez’s vehicle and banged on a rear window with his fists. Frustrated,
he turned to his niece and yelled, “Give me a rock!”
Over and over he smashed the rock into the window, to no avail. “We were scared that something else was going to come down and take the SUV, take him, take my uncle,” Kryst ina Reyes, 27, told News Media. (Her uncle has not publicly revealed his name.)
Reyes’s uncle shouted to Martinez to move away f rom the window. He braced himself – right foot on the spare tyre, left in the wheel well. He leaned back and threw the rock. Final ly, the glass broke and the man kicked in the remaining shards. Soon, a soaked Martinez emerged through the window frame and the men escaped to dry land.
“God is great,” an emot ional Martinez said later. “I surrendered to him to save me.” And he saved Martinez by sending a determined, anonymous delivery driver.
A swollen creek had flooded the road. Martinez, driving a Toyota SUV, figured he’d be OK. Big mistake
Martinez (right) being helped from his flooded car by an anonymous hero