"Hero" Suffers Severe Cuts Freeing Woman and Child from Car Rollover

A Toyota sedan flipped over at Green and Stony Brook around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday.

A Toyota Corolla flipped on its side Saturday at Green and Stony Brook, trapping a woman and infant.

A 24-year-old bystander whom police called "kind of a hero" broke the vehicle's glass with his left hand and foot to free the occupants, said Boston Police Officer Nicole Grant.

The accident happened at 1:16 p.m., near the Green Street T. The site is also close the .

Jamaica Plain photographer Mike Flynn documented the strange scene, which snarled traffic and brought a rapid response from the police and fire department. One of his photos is attached to this post. For others, visit his web site.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. But Grant said a 56-year-old taxi driver who suffered injuries in the incident said he was driving on Green toward Washington when the Corolla tried to pass him on the left.

The 25-year-old driver of the Toyota, the infant, and the 24-year-old Good Samaritan were taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment. The taxi driver was taken to Faulkner Hospital.

No complaints had been filed as of Saturday night, Grant said.

Nancy June 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Who would bother trying to pass anyone on Green Street? (And with an infant in the car.) What kind of idiot is this Toyota driver? Why was the rescuer only "kind of" a hero?
Scott Thomson June 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
and why "hero" instead of just hero?
Chris Helms (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Hi, this is Chris Helms, editor of the site. I didn't mean any slight by putting hero in quotes, though I can see why it could be taken that way. It's in quotes because it's a quotation from police.
RoxRocks June 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
The hero wasn't just a random passerby. He was the fiance of driver and father of the baby. lol Hero,yes, but not a random guy. He was saving his family, it was pretty brave, though.
RoxRocks June 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Hopefully this is investigated more because supposedly the toyota was cut off by the taxi driver.
Nancy June 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
So I'm now slightly more confused. He was on the street when this happened? Or in the car and managed to escape? And why did the car flip over in the first place? It takes special talent to do something like that on that little stretch of Green Street dotted with traffic signals (right near the police station, too). Driver still sounds like a total idiot.
Nancy June 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I mean, I drive around there on occasion so have a reason to be irritated.
Chris Helms (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hi, this is Chris, editor of the Patch. I've got unanswered questions, too. Police made it clear the investigation was continuing. When they make more known, we'll post it.


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