Good Samaritans save man on Coronado Bridge

Posted at 11:26 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 02:28:39-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Two Good Samaritans say they saved a man off the ledge of the Coronado Bridge late Monday night. They said they spotted him while driving home from San Diego, and couldn't help but turn around to get him. 

10News Photojournalist Zach Wonderlie talked to them about the life-saving rescue

"We were driving from the San Diego area to Coronado and I noticed a kid sitting on the ledge," said Aiden Leavitt. 

The driver of the car, Charles Crehore, instantly sprung into action - deciding to back up on the empty bridge and help save the man's life. 

"I'd actually thought about this. I'd thought, 'If if I ever get in that situation, what am I gonna do?" Crehore said. "And I decided if it comes to me and I'm there...I'm stopping my car, I'm gonna get out and I'm gonna stop them."

As he backed up to where the man stood on the bridge, Leavitt jumped out of the passenger side and bear-hugged the man on the bridge. 

"I just didn't hesitate. I just jumped out of the car and I grabbed him," Leavitt said. 

The man didn't fight back as Leavitt pulled him into the car, and allowed the friends to drive him to Sharp Coronado Hospital. It wasn't long before his family and police showed up to help.

The men say they're grateful that they were in the right place at the right time. 

"I just hope that he works his way through whatever it is that he's having trouble with," Crehore said.

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