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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Ignorant racist.You better watch out,George is still prowling.
Tough break if he starts keeping an eye on you.He's a wack job.

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zimmerman is a true hero. trayvon was an unknown thug and so he kept an eye on him. as expected, this thug went all ghetto, so zimmerman protected himself and shot the thug. totally justified. blacks just need a reason to complain and babble rather than get a job and earn an honest living.

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This is the type of shit these people in Florida do to sway over the wrong that has been done.Black People in Florida are weak as water. this man should have never been able to walk on this earth again, but what can you expect when no one gives a damn about a child being murdered, and the family is out making star- studdered appearances, who is truly mourning this poor victims demise, No One. Now they want everyone to praise this murderer as a HERO.. I wouldn't be surprise if this happens.. This is a sick world...God please help us all

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@ t.i.t.l.

I know how you feel. Zimmerman was doing for free what most blacks wouldn't do for money! Zimmerman was a central Florida watchman. Serve and protect. Zimmerman was weak also right up until his friends came up- SMITH &WESSON. This might be a good time in America to pause.... Pause and wait because you never ever know when someone's got something for your ass.

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You must be joking! I knew Zimmerman wasn't a bad guy. At least he can contribute in some way. he can now continue his law enforcement career, I hope. people blame this guy for staying alive. it is appalling to say the least. I hope msnbc gives him props.

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zimmerman is such a hero. how he saved that white family and how he protected his community from crime is inspiring.

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Considering the fact that the media has smothered us all with the Martin/Trayvon case..I think that it's clear that there are passionate people for & against the verdict. I will not use this platform to express/debate my personal view. What I just don't understand is why does it matter what color the family helped was? Why is there so much hate? whether you believe in a creator or evolution we still come from the same place. We may be different colors but we are all crayons:) Praise Good & Condemn bad no matter what color the source is.

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No mention of the ethnicity of the family eh? Terrible journalism!!

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@ Saros

Terrible? yeah, like you read everyday how a Hispanic pulled a caucasian to safety. get real.

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@ Saros

STFU bigot!! Why does it even matter at this point

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I can only imagine what it must be like to be black and in sound mind. How in the hell can you walk the earth daily and continue to blame whites and do it with a straight face. Every ethnic group is different but each has it's own identity and the find a way to channel their energy. I couldn't twist my imagination to the point and make myself believe that my screwed up life was someone's else's fault. You would blame a spoon if your were fat. How can you even kid yourself I'm beleiving Martin didn't start that fight. Look at his face. Listen to the witness's. Forensic testimony and you walk the strets protesting? Are you fu*king kidding me? Every single sick person protesting are America's real problem. Not accountable in taking control of your own miserable damn life. They are a cancer in America and they are pathetic and that's why I do not like being around any blacks. I don't have the patience to filter.

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@ Sorry but no

You'te right.You should blame yourself for your own screwed up outlook on life & justice. How interesting that you just can't stand it that others protest the unjust murder of this boy.'Look at his face'? Really, is that how you figured out what happened?
Look at yourself, buddy. How the hell did you twist your mind into thinking it's O.K. to shoot an unarmed kid? I am a white Canadian & I would have readily been one of these SICK protesters.It's quite obvious you would prefer to saunter through life without any of these Disturbances. A world where nobody does Anything about Anything.

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Maybe it missed it, but did the story even mention the race of the trapped family?

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This is in response to Save Its post: amen! Couldn't have said it better myself!

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