Car Slams Into Suspected Drunk Driver's Vehicle Protecting Couple Pushing A Stroller

by Julie Scagell
The Phoenix Police Department/Facebook

The family was spared thanks to an ‘angel’ car who smashed into the drunk driver

A harrowing scene was caught on video in Arizona earlier this month when a woman drove into the path of an incoming car running a red light, saving a couple walking through the crosswalk with a baby in a stroller. The driver was later arrested for driving under the influence.

The Phoenix Police Department shared the video, caught by a traffic camera, of a high-speed crash that took place during the evening of October 14. They shared the video on Twitter, thanking the “angel” for potentially saving multiple lives. “An angel in the form of a Chevy Cruze may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk at 53rd Ave & Indian School,” the police department wrote. “The innocent driver will be OK. The red-light runner was arrested for DUI.”

In the video, a line of cars can be seen turning left while the other traffic is stopped at a red light. You can then see a couple on foot pushing a stroller in front of them begin to cross the street as a Jeep barrels through the red light, nearly hitting them. The family had the right of way when they entered the crosswalk.

As the footage rolls, another car, a Chevy Cruze sedan, appears on camera smashing into the Jeep, blocking it from hitting the family. They can be seen walking quickly through the intersection towards the other side of the street. There’s no way to know if the driver of the Chevy Cruze purposefully ran into the driver or not, but it’s clear if they didn’t, the family crossing that intersection could have been seriously injured, or worse.

The department also shared the footage on Facebook, identifying the driver of the Jeep and saying in part, “A Chevrolet Cruz on 53rd Avenue entered the intersection on a green light when a Jeep driven by Ernesto Otanez Oveso slammed into that car, just a few feet away from the pedestrians. Oveso and a woman in the car with him took off running after the accident. Oveso noticed a witness was following him and told that man to stop, even stabbing one of the doors on his car.”

Oveso was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and aggravated assault. A gun was also found inside the Jeep, so additional charges may be pending.

Thanks to the driver of the Chevy Cruze, an accident that could have had a horrific outcome was reported with no serious injuries.