George Zimmerman, 29, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges on July 13, after a jury found him not guilty of malicious intent after he shot and killed a 17-year-old African American teen, Trayvon Martin, in the infamous shooting incident on February 12, 2012 which divided the U.S. into factions largely driven by racial tension.
Zimmerman, who has been in hiding for the last 18 months over claims that he’s been issued death threats by detractors, emerged from hiding last week to help a family in need, reported NBC News. (Zimmerman’s lawyers held a press conference shortly after Zimmerman’s acquittal and suggested their client may move forward with a lawsuit against NBC after NBC allegedly took creative license and edited the 911 call made by Zimmerman after Martin’s death. The edit made it appear that Zimmerman was offering up Martin’s race without any provocation when, in reality, he was actually responding to a dispatcher after being asked what the subject’s race was.)
Zimmerman, whose parents claim they don’t even know where he’s hiding, was reportedly driving along Interstate 4 in Fla. when he stopped to help a family in distress. The crash happened on July 17 in Sanford. Zimmerman happened to be driving by when he spotted a vehicle which had flipped over several times. While Zimmerman did not actually witness the accident, he and another good Samaritan got out of their vehicles and rushed over to to assist a family of four, including two children and two adults, and bring them to safety. Zimmerman reportedly helped the family climb out of the rolled over vehicle one by one.
Sanford police reported no injuries. Zimmerman remained at the scene long enough to make contact with police and answer a few questions before driving off.