George Zimmerman Emerges From Hiding, Helps Rescue Family Trapped in Overturned SUV

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In hiding since he was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman helped rescue a family trapped in an overturned SUV last week.

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Zimmerman himself was one of two men who came to the aid of a family of four - two parents and two children - trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer.

The car rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, police officers said, less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

By the time police arrived, two people including Zimmerman had already helped the family get out of the overturned car, the sheriff's office said.

No one was reported to be injured.

Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after speaking with the deputy, police said. It's unclear where he has been living in hiding.

It's the first known sighting of Zimmerman since he left the courtroom following his acquittal last week on murder charges for the death of Martin.

Zimmerman, 29, shot and killed Martin, 17, in Sanford on February 26, 2012. The jury found Zimmerman not guilty by virtue of self-defense.

The acquittal prompted dozens of rallies for Trayvon Martin across the country and his lawyers say Zimmerman has been the subject of death threats.

Zimmerman has been wearing a bullet-proof vest when he ventures out in public, which isn't often, and his parents have also feared for their lives.

"We have had an enormous amount of death threats," his father, Robert Zimmerman said. "George's legal counsel has had death threats."

"The police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats. 'Everyone with George's DNA should be killed' ... every horrible thing you can imagine."

Even a random woman in Winter Park, Fla., has been on the receiving end of death threats meant for George Zimmerman ever since he was acquitted.

Lori Tankel said someone incorrectly posted her cell phone number online thinking it was Zimmerman's, which is just one number off from hers.

Among the 80 calls within one day? "They were saying things like, 'Zimmerman? Is this George? We're going to get you, we're going to kill you,'" she said.

"Those phone calls were extremely malicious. I think at that point, they kind of knew it wasn't George Zimmerman's number, but they were still going to harass me."

Even President Obama weighed in with his thoughts on the case and its racial overtones, but it's unclear if this has done anything to ease tensions.

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