Zimmerman Surfaces, Rescues Driver in Crash

Sanford police captain confirms it

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 22, 2013 12:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Zimmerman has surfaced for the first time since his acquittal—in the most unexpected of ways. Sanford's police department captain today tells ABC News that what the network is calling "the first known sighting" of Zimmerman was a heroic one: He "pulled an individual from a truck that had rolled over" in Florida, at the I-4/Route 417 intersection. The crash occurred last Wednesday and involved a family of four. The parents and two children had apparently been helped out of the Ford Explorer SUV before police arrived, and Fox News reports that the unidentified driver told firefighters who came to the scene that Zimmerman pulled him out of the car.

No word on whether Zimmerman was wearing his bullet-proof vest at the time (his lawyers say he is donning one in public), but he certainly wasn't carrying the gun he used to shoot Trayvon Martin, as the Sandford PD is holding onto it at the DOJ's request. But an Ohio PAC would like to see him armed again: WHIO reports that the Buckeye Firearms Association is seeking (tax-deductible) donations in order to "provide Mr. Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear." No word on how much it has raised since posting the announcement on Saturday.

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday, July 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)
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