Good samaritan films himself rescuing man from fiery street-racing crash

Witnesses saw two cars street-racing down Indiana Avenue, Riverside when one of the drivers lost control before crashing into a light pole and rolling over onto the sidewalk on May 10.

    2016/05/14

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RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA — A good samaritan rescued a man from a fiery car crash in Riverside, California on Tuesday.

According to local media reports, witnesses saw two cars were street-racing down Indiana Avenue when one of the drivers lost control before crashing into a light pole and rolling over onto the sidewalk on Tuesday.

Santiago Portillo, a manager at a nearby mattress store, was just filming this fiery car crash when he discovered the survivor in the accident. He immediately jumped into action but he made sure that every single second of his heroism was recorded.

"I saw an arm hanging out the window and a sweater," Portillo told NBC Southern California. "I knew there was a human life in there. I just wasn't going to witness that guy getting roasted."

The victim, who was also the driver, has been identified as Ricardo Nunez. He suffered injuries to his head and his leg and was recovering at a hospital.

Police said Nunez could face charges if the investigation shows he was indeed street-racing.
Santiago Portillo, a manager at a nearby mattress store, has been praised as a hero for rescuing a man's life in a street-racing accident. VIRALHOG.COM / SANTIAGO PORTILLO
Santiago Portillo, a manager at a nearby mattress store, has been praised as a hero for rescuing a man's life in a street-racing accident. VIRALHOG.COM / SANTIAGO PORTILLO
Portillo pulled the driver out of the burning car, with his phone recording every move. VIRALHOG.COM / SANTIAGO PORTILLO
Portillo pulled the driver out of the burning car, with his phone recording every move. VIRALHOG.COM / SANTIAGO PORTILLO
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