Michael Chad Perry saved Christopher M. Sanders from an out-of-control vehicle, Columbus, Georgia, August 25, 2011. Sanders, 27, was driving a sport utility vehicle on a parkway, on which the speed limit was 65 m.p.h., when a medical condition caused him to lose control of it. Perry, 26, mechanic, was driving behind Sanders and saw the vehicle slow and shift lanes. He then drove ahead of Sanders, parked on the highway’s shoulder, and, exiting his truck, began to run after Sanders’s vehicle, which by then had passed him at a speed of about 15 m.p.h. Perry reached the passenger side of Sanders’s vehicle and opened the front door. With the vehicle still moving, he entered and lay on its front passenger seat, his lower legs extending outside, through the doorway. Perry grasped the steering wheel and, taking the vehicle to the shoulder, put its gearshift lever in the ‘park’ position. The vehicle stopped against the guide rail, one of Perry’s legs stuck between the opened door and the body of the vehicle. Perry freed himself and went to the driver’s side to tend to Sanders. Sanders required hospital treatment, and Perry sustained a bruise to his right leg.
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