Even though he is supposedly in hiding since being acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman reportedly showed up on the site of an auto accident and pulled the driver from an overturned truck. Police in Sanford, where Zimmerman lives and where Martin was killed, didn't provide any details about how the crash happened or what Zimmerman was doing there at the time, but Zimmerman "pulled an individual from a truck that had rolled over" last week, according to ABC News.
During his murder trial, Zimmerman was famously accused of having a "hero complex," which may have prompted his interest in police work and the neighborhood watch. (Prosecutors called him a "wannabe cop" who was rejected when trying to apply to be a police officer.) Investigators suggested in an FBI report that he may have followed Martin that fateful night, not because he was racist, but simply because he was looking to catch someone in the act of a crime and stop them. Now just days after a jury found him not guilty of being a vigilante, he finally found a real way to become a hero.
Update: The Washington Post has more deatail about the crash, which happened on July 17, just four days after his acquittal. It was a single car accident, involving a family of our in an SUV. Zimmerman was not a witness, but he and another man helped the family get out of their overturned vehicle. He gave a brief statement to police and then left the scene. No one was hurt and "it was unclear whether they would have been injured if Zimmerman and the other man hadn’t helped pull them from the car."
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