AUBURN TWP., Ohio – The same stranger came to the aid of a man and his son during two completely different emergencies, at different places, eight years apart.
Saturday evening about 11 p.m., Christopher Manacci was driving along Washington Street in Auburn Twp. when he saw a van pulling a fishing boat that had a flat tire and was creeping along on the side of the road.
“I dropped my wife off and decided that I’d bring him a can of Fix-a-Flat for his tire so he could make it to a gas station,” Manacci said.
Manacci said he pulled his Lexus up behind the disabled van and parked on the grass with his hazard lights on.
He said the people in the van, a man and his 15-year-old son, were standing outside of it.
Manacci said he got out of his car and was off to the side when it happened.
“A truck that we didn’t actually even see coming was moving at a very high rate of speed, and struck my car, and the truck became airborne and landed about three feet beyond where he was standing, him and his son,” Manacci said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck was drunk, and he was taken to the hospital.
No one else was hurt.
Manacci, who is a nurse practitioner, said the driver of the van later told him that eight years ago he was also helped by a stranger with the same profession.
“‘Yes,’ he said, ‘I had a very bad injury to my hand from a very large fish hook, and this nurse practitioner kayaked up and removed the hook and helped me go on with my day,'” Manacci said the man explained.
It turns out, Manacci was that man. He sees it as a blessing.
“You just never know what the day brings you and you never know, you never know what small thing you will do that will result in a miracle,” he said.
Fox 8 News reached out to the van driver, but did not hear from him by press time.
The OSHP said the truck driver was charged with OVI.