A car crash is obviously not something you typically applaud. But, had a wreck not occurred at the intersection near 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona on the night of October 14, 2019, something much, much worse could've happened.
Video shows Ulysses and Gabrielle Betancourt pushing a stroller with their one-year-old son Damian inside, and as they enter the crosswalk, a Jeep Renegade coming from the other direction barrels through a red light, right in the direction of the family. This could have spelled serious injuries, if not death, for the Betancourts, had a Chevrolet Cruz with the right of way not slammed into the Jeep at the last minute. It doesn't get much closer than this.
"In this case, when you look at the video, it's nothing short of a miracle that the family the renegade was barreling towards didn't get struck. They could have suffered injuries that were certainly serious if not life threatening," Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department told AZ Family.
Following the car accident, the driver of the Jeep, Ernesto Otanez Oveso, and a female passenger fled the scene. When a witness tried following Oveso, the 23-year-old red-light runner jabbed at the driver with a knife, even stabbing one of the doors on the witness's car. While his passenger was not found, Oveso was eventually arrested and charged with DUI, aggravated assault, and prohibited possession of a gun, which was found in his Jeep.
"He could've taken people's family members away, innocent people," Ulysses's sister, Abby Betancourt, told KNXV. "Why would you do such a thing?"
On the other hand, the driver of the Chevy Cruz was an unidentified 27-year-old woman, who suffered non life-threatening injuries. To the Betancourts, she was an angel in disguise.
"They're very lucky," witness Chris Conant told Fox 10 Phoenix.
"I couldn't even imagine if it were one of my family members that were just out walking and they would get run over by somebody, whether they're impaired or not."
This post was originally published on November 14, 2019.