A member of the Troy football team is being praised as a “guardian angel” after he helped a mother and her two kids following a terrifying car crash.
Bryan Slater was on his way back to campus when he saw a vehicle rear end another, sending the second vehicle out of control. Slater ran to help the driver, Carla Schoonover, and called 911. Slater then stayed with the family for nearly two hours to assist while police and medical assistance arrived.
“Right when I backed off a little bit, the car in front of me sped up and hit an SUV that was in front of them,” Slater said to Lindsey Rogers of WSFA. “They bumped the SUV and it made the SUV turn and it lost control and rolled at least three to four times down the ravine. Once I saw the car flip, then I immediately turned off to the side.
“The first thing that came to my mind was that I hoped that they were ok. The daughter is a soldier. She was already out of the car. She had brought her brother out of the car. The mom she still needed help out of the car. But the daughter was the bravest one of the whole situation. It was close to a tree so it could have been worse.”
Miraculously, Carla and her children left with only some bumps and bruises.
The mother thanked Slater and shared the story and more photos of the scene of the accident on Facebook.
Schoonover’s husband even sent a letter to the university thanking Slater for his actions.
“I wasn’t sure how to reach out, but that man is Troy Football player Bryan Slater. My wife and kids couldn’t say enough nice things about that young man. This day and crazy world, just so nice to hear about the really good folks!
I just wanted to share with you how much he touched the lives of my family yesterday. Hopefully the appropriate coaches and this man’s family know what an amazing person he is! You have four new huge Troy Football fans now!”
What an incredible story. It’s always nice to see that there is still some good in this world, even if 2016 has been a wild ride.