Austin Jeffrey Mann helped to save Lynn E. Sauer from being struck by highway traffic, Encinitas, California, March 3, 2013. After a vehicular accident on an interstate highway at night, Sauer, 63, was trapped in her van, which had overturned onto its driver’s side across one of the four lanes of travel. Mann, 23, research analyst, was the driver of an approaching vehicle that swerved to avoid the van. Stopping at the scene, he and his passenger responded to the van. Learning that it was occupied, Mann went to the side of the van that faced oncoming traffic and used the light of his cellular telephone to alert approaching motorists. His passenger, meanwhile, opened the van’s front passenger door and pulled Sauer from the vehicle. He lowered her to Mann, on the highway, on which the speed limit was 65 m.p.h., and then ran with them to safety on the nearer shoulder. Moments later, the van was struck by an automobile, and both vehicles burst into flame, the van coming to rest atop the hood of the automobile. Mann and his passenger ran to the driver’s side of the automobile, where Mann pulled the driver through the opened driver’s door. They returned to the shoulder with her as flames on both vehicles grew. Sauer suffered injury to her neck, and she recovered.
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