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It was just another day at the shop for Tim Rodifer, the owner of Mr. Transmission in Johnson City, Tennessee. Rodifer was performing a diagnostic test on a 2006 Dodge Dakota outside of his shop last Tuesday, when he almost lost his life fighting off a car jacker.

Here’s an account of what happened, based on reporting from

Rodifer had stepped away from the Dakota while the would be car thief approached. The calmly jumped in the driver seat, shut the door and shifted to reverse in an attempt to steal the pickup. Rodifer immediately saw what was going down and threw himself through the open driver window in an attempt to stop the thief, who burned rubber in reverse with Rodifer still hanging off the driver door.

Hell bent on not letting this little punk get away, he held on until the suspet made it out onto the street and floored it in drive. The force from the acceleration was too much and Rodifer fell to the ground as the car got away.

Luckily, Rodifer survived but is recovering from scrapes and a bruised hip. The suspect, Cody Smith, was caught an hour later and charged with car jacking, aggravated assault and driving on a revoked license. This wasn’t Smith’s first run-in with the law. He had been caught two week prior stealing a vehicle and was given probation.

Rodifer has no regrets as he told

“Of course I sprinted as fast as I could to the vehicle, dove through the window.”

Spoken like a true hero.

Alex Palmeri About the author:
Alex Palmeri graduated with an Associates in Automotive Technology and started his career with Mercedes-Benz as an apprentice and shortly after a Master Technician. Currently Alex works as shop foreman in a large fleet repair facility. Aside from writing his automotive passion is very diverse. Alex’s car collection consists of ...Read more
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