Woman believes good Samaritan saved brother from fiery crash, wishes to say thank you

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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A family hopes you can help them say thank you to a good Samaritan. A man was inside a burning car, and they believe a kind stranger jumped in to help. The driver’s sister says he could’ve died.

Tuesday, a fiery crash along Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs gave Bonnie Burrus Baker’s brother a few broken bones and a concussion but no burns.

Baker says there was no way her brother got out of the fire without help. She believes someone driving by was his guardian angel.

Baker says she and her brother have a very strong bond, and the thought of losing him was frightening.

“My brother and I have been super tight, ever since we were little kids,” Baker said. “We can finish each other sentences. So, yeah, it’s pretty scary when you think you’re going to lose them.”

The crash only involved the car Baker’s brother was driving. He has no idea why he drove off the road, and he has no memory of the crash.

Baker believes someone pulled her brother away from that fire.

“The miracle was I think God was with him. I really do,” Baker said. “I think he had his hands full. And then I think he provided the angel that pulled him out of the car.”

Baker is searching for that angel.

“If that guy hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have my brother,” Baker said. “I just want to give them a hug and buy them a steak dinner.”

We received a tip from a witness Tuesday, who said they saw a man run from his home and pull the driver to safety before the car went up in flames.

Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District and Lee County Sheriff’s Office both went to the scene of the crash. The cause of the crash remains unreleased.

We spoke to Baker outside the hospital where her brother remained Thursday. She said he’s feeling a little rough, but he’s alive and will heal.

“He’s my only sibling, and the rest of my family you know is gone,” Baker said. “I just love him.”

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