The reckless actions of the driver of a Chrysler nearly killed a motorcyclist on June 22, 2011 in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.
The driver of the Chrysler failed to see an oncoming motorcycle as he made an illegal U-turn at 2nd and Wyoming. As the vehicle was turning, the Suzuki motorcycle, driven by 24-year-old Walter Rivera, slammed into its side.
The impact of the Philadelphia motorcycle crash knocked Rivera unconscious and caused his bike to burst into flames, engulfing him as well.
SEPTA employees John Solecki, Joseph Benedict and Stephen Boon heard the crash and ran from their nearby office building to the aid of Rivera.
Solecki was the first to reach the scene and immediately ran into the flames, pulling Rivera out from under the bike with the help of another onlooker.
As Solecki tore off his shirt and tried to smother the flames, Boon came to the rescue with a fire extinguisher. After extinguishing the flames from Rivera, he tried to put out the burning motorcycle, but the fire extinguisher did not prove to be a match against its strong flames.
Police, paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene within seven minutes.
Rivera, who was wearing shorts without a helmet, is being treated at Temple hospital. He is in critical condition with third degree burns and broken bones, but is expected to recover from his injuries.
Charges against the driver of the Chrysler are still pending.
The Philadelphia car crash lawyers at Cordisco & Saile would like to thank all who risked their lives to help Walter Rivera, and wish Mr. Rivera a quick and full recovery from his injuries.