When Tom Boyle saw a young man being dragged underneath a car on the East Side Wednesday night, his fatherly instincts kicked in.
Kyle Holtrust, 18, was riding his bike south on South Kolb Road against traffic near East 22nd Street around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a car, said Sgt. Decio Hopffer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Holtrust became trapped under the car, along with his bike, and was dragged for about 20 to 30 feet before John Baggett, who was driving the car, came to a stop.
Boyle had just left a shopping center with his wife when they saw Holtrust underneath the Camaro, he said.
"I didn't believe what I saw," Boyle said Thursday. "I didn't believe it until my wife said something, and I was just like, 'Oh my God.' You think things like that only happen in movies."
Boyle and his wife got out of their car and ran over to the Camaro where he said he saw the front tires lifted off the ground.
Holtrust was pinned underneath his bike, which was pinned underneath the car, said Boyle, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds.
"As soon as I get to the car, the boy is just screaming his head off, and I could tell he was in a lot of pain," Boyle said. "As I was lifting the front end of the car off of him, he was just saying, 'Mister, mister, higher, higher.'
Then when it was high enough, he said, 'OK. I can't move. Get me out.' "
Boyle said he began yelling to Baggett to pull Holtrust out, but he didn't respond.
"I yelled at him like four or five times, and then he reached underneath and pulled him out," Boyle said. "The driver must've been in shock, and he couldn't seem to come out of it."
Once Boyle put the car down, he held Holtrust until the Tucson police and fire departments arrived, he said.
Most impressive! I heard something similar many years ago about a guy who picked up and moved a truck because his child got caught under it. But I'm talking alot of years ago. I don't think Al Gore had even invented the internet yet.