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Florida deputies rescue woman from burning car ‘seconds’ before it engulfed in flames

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Richard Brewster was heading north on the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County, Florida, at about 12:20 a.m. on December 29. That’s when he witnessed a horrible accident.

What he saw, the Florida Highway Patrol later confirmed, was an accident involving a car head-on crashing into another vehicle, after one of them was driving along. southbound on the northbound lane.

“When we got to the embankment, all you saw was an explosion of steam, sparks, light,” says Brewster. “I immediately ran over there and checked to see if there were any [the driver] already have a circuit. “

Highway Patrol identified 30-year-old Ricca Soto as the driver of the Infinity vehicle that was traveling south in the wrong lane. After she crashed into another car, her Infinity burning. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured.

“Everybody said, ‘It’s on fire, back off, start moving,’ and I said, ‘No, she’s here, help me,’” Brewster said. “Looks like I ran around that car a million times trying to get her out and then the other woman was talking to 911.”

Brewster said Pasco delegates arrived a few minutes later.

“The first officer appeared, he ran up and asked [if there was] someone in there, and I was right, but I couldn’t get her out. “

The sheriff’s office has released dramatic full-body camera video of first responders using their fire extinguishers to put out fires. When that didn’t work, they forcefully kicked Soto out of the car.

After a few minutes, the delegates succeeded and the medical staff quickly took Soto to the local hospital for treatment. Brewster believed that if they had arrived later, Soto would not have made it.

Brewster said: “As soon as they got her out and out of the car, it literally flew up, engulfed in flames. “It’s seconds.”

Soto’s stepdaughter said her stepmother is still recovering at a local hospital and is grateful for Pasco’s best.

“I’m really glad the delegates were there,” said Elizabeth Soto. “It was really a challenge to watch that video and know it was someone close to me.”

Delegates said that the cause of the accident was under investigation. Soto’s ex-husband told WFLA he believes Soto may have suffered a medical episode that caused the accident.

https://kfor.com/news/florida-deputies-rescue-woman-from-burning-car-seconds-before-its-engulfed-in-flames/ Florida deputies rescue woman from burning car ‘seconds’ before it engulfed in flames

JACLYN DIAZ

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