Man Rescues New Haven Driver From Critical Crash

By Maureen Mespell

Credit: Aaron Dohring

Man Rescues New Haven Driver From Critical Crash


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February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The man pulled from a burning SUV Friday night following a crash near Clinton Street and Creighton Avenue has been identified.

Chris A. Plew, 49, of New Haven is still in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after a good Samaritan saved him from a traumatic car crash.

Witnesses say two vehicles collided just before 10 p.m. then one kept going and hit a retaining wall in front of a nearby home.

The man who lived in the home says he rushed outside when he saw the van burst into flames.

Ryan Shatzer says, "The door was kinda jammed and I had to yank on it a few times and reach inside and get the inside handle and he was, his right arm and some of his chest was on fire so I went ahead, I finally got the door open and I got him a few feet away from the vehicle, away from the vehicle, then the car went up really big."

Shatzer says the man appeared under the influence. As of now, police only confirm weather and slick roads were factors in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.

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