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Chauffeur Rescues Two from Burning Car

Posted on August 16, 2002 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

LAS VEGAS - Due to the heroic actions of chauffeur Evangelos Dimotsantos, Jason Jones and Julie Deperine survived what could have been a deadly car accident in late July.

Jones, 24, and Deperine, 22, were headed home on Interstate 15 early one morning, when the Volkswagen Golf, Jones was driving was cut off and forced off the road.

The car and careened onto the shoulder, hitting a speed limit sign, a tree and a chain link fence. Then a fire broke out while the two were trapped in the vehicle. Dimotsantos, who works for Admiral Limousine, Inc., happened to be driving his limousine south on the I-15 at about 1:30 that morning, when he saw the smoke.

"Out of curiosity I slowed down to see what was going on, and suddenly I saw the car pinned against a tree,"

Dimotsantos described. "It was in flames. Out of instinct, I stepped on my brakes, pulled over, parked and ran out." Dimotsantos pulled Deperine out of the window and laid her on the ground. He returned to the car for Jones, and managed to remove him from the vehicle and laid him beside Deperine.

"We were about three feet or so away from the car," Dimotsantos recalled. "At that point, I thought, 'if the car blows up, we're all going to die.'"

He quickly carried Deperine and placed her in the limousine. He then helped Jones to the limousine as well. Seconds after they were a safe distance away from the Volkswagen, they saw it explode. Firefighters and witnesses on the scene said Jones and Deperine could have died had it not been for Dimotsantos' said.

"Sometimes it happens you're put in a position to help save someone and do some good," said Dimotsantos. "I think God put me in that position to save their lives. I'd do it again if I had to. Life is too short and too sweet to not."

For more on this story, check out the October issue of LCT magazine

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