WEEKI WACHEE – Last night RNRF reported the single vehicle crash along Cortez Blvd that claimed the life of a Spring Hill man. Since that report a witness contacted RNRF and provided dramatic video of a man trying to save the victim from the burning car.
Lindsey Geeraerts tells RNRF that she pulled up on the crash just a man was attempting to pull the victim from the burning vehicle. Geeraerts says she noticed the man pull on the door handle and then fall backwards.
While on the phone with 911 the man approached her and said “It’s not good, there’s somebody in there.” When she told the man firefighters were on the way, he said “They won’t make it here in time.” Geeraerts says the man appeared “helpless and upset” because he couldn’t reach the victim in time. “He’s a hero in my book – putting his life in danger to save a stranger,” Says Geeraerts. Click Here to Watch Video or Click Below
Officials say 61-year-old Barry J. Weber failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway as he was heading westbound on Cortez Blvd in his 2014 Lexus. As a result, Weber collided with a tree, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Weber died at the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol says they have no record of the man who tried to save the victim.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that Barry Weber was a local well-known Dentist with Family Dentistry of Hernando.
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