Actor Luke Wilson has been hailed as a hero after he helped a woman who was trapped in a car after a fatal car crash.
The actor’s car, a Toyata SUV, was one of several others involved in a car crash with a Ferrari that was travelling at a high speed and reportedly lost control. The accident happened in California near Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisade on Tuesday.
According to reports the driver of the car, 71-year-old Mark Gibello was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of the car, pro golfer Bill Haas, was in pain but not seriously injured.
Haas had been staying with Gibello in order to take part in the Genesis Open.
The ‘Old School’ actor, who was unhurt, reportedly jumped out of the car just after the accident happened and immediately helped an unidentified woman, whose leg was trapped between the steering wheel and the dashboard, out of her car.
Wilson and Sean Heirigs together made sure the 50-year-old woman as quickly as possible after Wilson raised his concerns about the car going up in flames.
Heirigs said the woman was screaming for help and was very distraught.
“At one point, [Wilson] was like, 'Let's get her out of here, it smells like smoke.' You don't know if it's going to blow up or not,” Heirigs said.
Heirigs explained that he had gone to calm the woman down while Wilson, went around the back to the trunk of the car.
“We pried it open, she was able to unbuckle herself, and Luke started to pull her out from the back. We then both carried her to the curb."
In addition to praising the actor for “taking control of the situation”, Heirig said: "He was calm. He was definitely a hero, [a] super nice guy. When it was all done, we hugged each other."