NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A good Samaritan jumped into action and came to the rescue of a woman after her car burst into flames along Interstate 95 in Northwest Miami-Dade.
The fiery crash happened on the northbound lanes, just north of the Northwest 95th Street exit, Saturday morning.
Speaking with 7News hours later, Daniel Boscaccy said he was driving home when he saw the burning car in the ditch.
“I saw a bunch of cars swerving and that kind of thing going on, and shortly after seeing all those cars swerving, I looked over, and I saw the woman’s car on fire and upside down,” he said.
Boscaccy said he didn’t see any first responders on the scene, just a few people standing around.
“The car was burning, and I just wanted to see if somebody was inside,” he said. “When I got up to the car, she was just yelling and screaming and asking for help, and I saw what she was trying to do.”
Boscaccy realized the victim was trying to break the glass, he went back to his car.
“I ran back to my car and was looking for some kind of tool,” he said. “I started yelling out for tools. Thankfully, somebody had a sledgehammer.”
Video showed Boscaccy as he ran toward the burning vehicle. Seconds later, the good Samaritan used the sledgehammer to break the overturned car’s window.
Moments later, he is seen pulling the victim out of the wreckage and carrying her to safety.
Once he laid the woman on the ground, Boscaccy and another man started pouring water on her to cool her off until paramedics arrived.
In that moment, Boscaccy said, he was hoping that by risking his life, he would be saving somebody else’s.
“I just asked the universe, like, ‘Give me a couple of minutes, if there was gong to be any kind of combustion, to just give me that window to be diligent and get her out before that,'” he said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene and were able to put out the flames.
The woman was transported to the hospital, where she continues to recover.
Boscaccy, a truck driver and part-time DJ, has no official training, but thanks to his swift and decisive actions, he is being hailed a hero.
However, he said, he’s not comfortable with that word.
“I’m so thankful that nobody died. Like, people keep wanting to say ‘hero.’ I don’t necessarily feel very good with that,” he said. “The heroes are the people that do this every day.”
He said his message is that those who are in a position to help should do so. He added that he would like to meet the woman he saved so he can look her in the eye and make sure she’s OK.
As of Saturday night, the cause of the rollover crash remains unknown.
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