A Temple Terrace man is being credited with probably saving the lifetime of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after he lifted an SUV that had trapped him on Interstate four in Tampa on Wednesday.
This occurred after an Uber driver skilled a medical emergency, prompting 26-year-previous Kenny Franklin to take management of the SUV and steer it out of hurt’s approach.
The trooper, 58-year-previous Jack Hypes of Tampa, continues to recuperate from minor accidents, the FHP stated.
“Your efforts undoubtedly saved Trooper Hypes from more serious harm, as well as that of the hundreds of drivers passing nearby as the event unfolded,” FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins wrote to Franklin. “You are highly commended for saving everyone at risk on this day and for displaying the greatest care and concern for your fellow citizens.”
It unfolded whereas Franklin was taking an Uber experience late Wednesday morning, troopers stated.
He was a passenger when Jose L. Feliciano, 37, of Tampa, skilled the medical emergency whereas driving westbound on I-four simply east of Interstate 275, troopers stated.
Feliciano started to lose management and the SUV began weaved throughout lanes when Franklin took over, bringing the car to a cease on the shoulder of the freeway, troopers stated.
Hypes noticed the SUV driving erratically and stopped behind it simply as Franklin safely pulled it over.
But when Hypes started to strategy the SUV, Feliciano was nonetheless incapacitated and by accident switched gears, inflicting the SUV to lurch backward, troopers stated.
Hypes was knocked down and the SUV was partially operating him over with the left rear tire, troopers stated.
After Franklin secured the SUV, ran out and lifted it off Hypes, troopers stated the SUV virtually instantly shifted again into drive. With it now shifting ahead, Franklin ran again to the SUV and put it in park.
Hypes was transported to Tampa General Hospital, troopers stated. Franklin and Feliciano weren’t injured.