Police: Man rescued from burning car had diabetic reaction
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com July 23, 2013 5:06PM
A car is in flames Monday in unincorporated Will County. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 25, 2013 6:34AM
A man who was saved from his burning vehicle Tuesday by three men on their lunch break had suffered a diabetic reaction and has no memory of the incident, according to Will County Sheriff’s police.
The 46-year-old Joliet resident, whom police have not identified, was taken to Silver Cross Hospital by New Lenox Fire Protection District firefighters. An update on his condition was not immediately available Tuesday.
A witness told police he saw the car roll over several times before it stopped in a bean field, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. There were no brake marks on the roadway to indicate that he tried to stop the car, she said.
The man was unresponsive but was breathing, and his eyes were open, she said.
Dave Piloni, Glenn Gillespie and Jimmy Jackson Jr. — employees of Downers Grove-based Affiliated, a fire detection company — were driving west on Laraway Road west of Gougar Road shortly after 11 a.m. and saw a man standing next to the Ford Taurus on its side with flames near the hood. They immediately stopped to help. The four men flipped the car back upright, and they saw the driver still belted in his seat. Piloni used a utility knife to cut the seat belt, and they were able to pull the man from the car before firefighters arrived.
“We were lucky. We were in the right place at the right time,” said Piloni, of Posen. “Time was not on our side. My fear was that the car was going to explode.”
“The smoke was working its way into the cab. There’s no telling what would have happened,” said Jackson, a fireman and resident of Manhattan.
New Lenox Fire Battalion Chief Adam Riegel said the three men likely saved the driver’s life.
“If the driver could not have gotten out of the car, who knows what would have happened,” he said.