Man saved from burning SUV on SR-54: Good Samaritan got driver out before vehicle exploded

SAN DIEGO - A man was saved from a burning SUV along westbound state Route 54 in National City on Wednesday, thanks to the quick actions of a passerby.

The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. near the Highland Avenue exit.

Despite his Range Rover being engulfed in flames, driver Ricardo Tavizon considers himself lucky.

"In a matter of two minutes, I just heard a big boom," he said. "This guy saved my life. I owe a big thanks to this guy."

A good Samaritan pulled over after watching Tavizon pull off SR-54. Then, he got Tavizon out, minutes before the SUV exploded.

"And I told him, 'What's going on man?' And he was like, 'I don't know. It's just not accelerating.' And I told him, 'Get out ... It's burning,'" said good Samaritan German Regin.

Tavizon said, "He told me to get out of the car because there were flames coming out … that was the best thing to do, just get out and run."

He said he had some routine maintenance done and has never had a major problem with the vehicle until now.

"Hopefully I can thank this guy," said Tavizon. "At least a dinner wouldn't do us bad."

Regin said, "I'm just glad he's okay."

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