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Good Samaritan Stops Car With Kids Inside From Rolling Into Traffic

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A routine fill-up turned into a life-saving mission for one Good Samaritan on Long Island.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, surveillance video was recording as the white car pulled up to a gas station pump in Deer Park. Moments later the car begins to roll backward. A woman chases after it, but is struck by the car door, knocked to the ground and run over.

Then, out of no where, help arrived. David Cincotta jumped in the car and put on the break before it rolled into traffic.

“I looked at the shifter, it was in reverse. I put it in park and that’s when I looked at the girls. I was like ‘oh my God,” Cincotta recalled.

Inside the car were the woman’s three young girls.

“I saw the car going so, she was already starting to run, so I started running after her also, just in case,” Cincotta said.

With seconds to spare, “just in case,” worked out. Cincotta, who was inside the gas station, doesn’t know how the running car ended up in reverse.

Workers at the Getty gas station said the car was likely seconds from being hit by oncoming traffic, had it not been for Cincotta, Carrasco reported.

“Usually cars that go down this road they do 50 miles an hour,” one gas station employees said.

“I don’t want to think about what it would have…no, I don’t want to know, that didn’t happen so it doesn’t matter,” Cincotta added.

Cincotta said he’s no hero, just someone who did the right thing.

The mother walked away with only minor cuts and bruises after being run over. She was not charged with any crime.

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