LCBW Women of the Year Award:
This year’s recipient is: Robin Rosario
Two save driver from burning truck on I-75
Posted: Feb 21, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Updated: Feb 21, 2014 6:57 PM EST
COLLIER COUNTY, FL –
Remember that traffic back up on I-75 and Golden Gate on Thursday?
It turns out the dump truck crash could have been deadly.
Florida Highway Patrol says the driver is 56-year-old Jose Antonio Acosta. He was taken to Naples Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
We tracked down the heroes who ricked their lives to save Acosta.
Acosta was driving less than a mile from the exit when something happened – causing him to veer of the road. The truck barely missed hitting a pole, but slammed into a sound wall.
Acosta was knocked unconscious, but luckily there were heroes nearby.
“That moment had to be the most terrifying moment of my life,” said Robin Rosario.
Robin Rosario was on her way to work.
“I heard a loud boom and I thought it was the car in front of me. But then the dump truck in front of her swerved to the left and then immediately to the right,” said Rosario.
The crash caused her to stop on the side of I-75.
“I pulled up next to the dump truck and I could see the driver’s leg sticking out,” said Rosario.
She sprung into action. The driver was pinned inside.
“He looked at me and said ‘don’t leave me’ and I started to cry and said ‘then you have to help me because you’re stuck and I can’t get you out,'” said Rosario.
At the same time Ernie Tolson was on his way back to work.
“I witnessed this explosion. As I was driving by, I see this woman trying to drag this man out of the burning truck,” said Tolson.
“I felt a tug on my left shoulder and there was this gentleman from Tamiami Ford that was there. He said we have to get him out of here,” said Rosario.
Together, they did –with Tolson carrying the driver to safety.
“The truck just engulfed in flames about 20 seconds after I got him out,” said Tolson.
No one was seriously injured.
“I wasn’t going to let both of them die, that’s why I did what I did,” said Tolson.
“To me that man from Tamiami Ford is a hero. He’ll always be a hero to me,” said Rosario.
“She’s my hero. If I was ever in an accident, I would want her to try and save me, because she was willing to give up her life for that guy,” said Tolson.
Three strangers – now, each are living their lives a little fuller because of one another.
“I went home. I called my family, everyone I love, to tell them how much I love them – how much I appreciate them. Because today could be totally different,” said Rosario.
The Florida Department of Transportation was also called out to asses the scene. They say it will be at least a week until the scene is cleaned up and repairs are made.
A little about her:
She wont eat chicken on the bone. she loves chili mac,
She hates seafood and if she eats tuna at all it has to be dry. She is liscenced to do permanent makeup
She is a huge rocky horror picture show fan. She gets sea sick easy. She has a love/hate relationship with zombies.
Her 3 younger kids could swim like fish at 2 years old.
They live in their dream home’
Her oldest son, is 20 years older than her youngest son, with two girl in between.
She lives her entire life for her family.
She loves to throw lavish birthday parties and other events
Loves road trips with her family
Listens to christian music mostly, and will sing at the top of her lungs.
She has been going to the same church for 17 years.
Her dream is to own a carvel ice cream store.
She constantly juggles two phones around
Loves to show off her family
Lives on a lake
Broke her big toenail off while throwing me a grand opening at my business.
Broke her knee while throwing the premier of Superman Pure Steel at bell tower shops
To receive this award an individual must have made an outstanding contribution to the entrepreneurial spirit of American women or helped women become successful by providing business, educational and/or community support.
The award will recognize an individual who has consistently contributed time, money, encouragement and/or skill development to further the cause of business women and is an active LCBW participant.
Women of the Year Award 2014
Published by Robin On October 20, 2014