When Travis DuPont pulled into the parking lot of the Second Time Around Consignment shop, he felt chills run up his spine.
Over the weekend in Florida, a car slammed into a consignment business, and Dupont’s rapid actions likely saved the driver’s life.
Around 3:30 in the morning, a drunk motorist in Seminole lost control of his SUV, struck a telephone pole, and then crashed into The Second Time Around.
Travis DuPont, who was on his way home from work when he spotted the incident and stopped to aid, later said if he had been even 30 seconds too late, he would have been in those flames.
Stephanie Turow was there to record the fantastic rescue. DuPont can be seen racing to the SUV, opening the window, and freeing the driver’s legs before he can be yanked out.
Turow estimated that the automobile went up in flames within twenty to thirty seconds of the crash. Thinking about it makes her cry, adding that the driver is incredibly fortunate to be alive.
DuPont believes that other people would have acted as swiftly as he did. He concluded that “the instinct to help” is present in everyone.
The driver suffered only minor injuries and was brought to the hospital. He has been booked into the Pinellas County jail.
On Monday, plywood was placed over the broken glass. One cement column had scorch marks wrapping around it, and another was lying on the ground.
Christa Cius, the owner, said If not for the beams, he would have most likely made his way to the store’s rear. The damage was extensive, but she and her crew worked tirelessly to restore it so they could reopen.
The dumpster was overflowing with broken items. Fans rumbled to disperse the odor inside the store.
This is not, however, the first time the team has faced adversity. According to Cius, in 2017, a drunk motorist slammed into the shop.