When Darrell Krushelnicki saw a car speeding towards a crosswalk where four children were crossing, he figured there was only one thing he could do to prevent the children from getting hit.
Last Friday afternoon, Krushelnicki had dropped his girlfriend off at Edmonton's Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre and was waiting to turn out of the mall's parking lot.
The first thing the 46-year-old saw was four children crossing in a crosswalk. The crosswalk was clearly marked and its flashing lights were activated. Police later determined the children ranged in age from three to 16.
The second thing Krushelnicki observed was that all the cars were slowing down and stopping in front of the crosswalk. All except one. A silver Pontiac was not only not slowing down but was speeding and the driver appeared to be talking on a cellphone. So Krushelnicki drove his Hummer into the street and intentionally hit the Pontiac to prevent it from striking the children. His actions obtained the desired results. The impact changed the Pontiac's direction and the car entered a service road before stopping.
Krushelnicki said he acted on instinct. He is quoted by CBC as saying, " I could just see, I just had the feeling that something bad was going to happen if something wasn't done to stop that vehicle. There was no one else, I just had to do it. I had to do what I did."
Krushelnicki was uninjured in the collision while the driver of the Pontiac was shaken up. None of the children in the crosswalk were hurt although they too were shaken up.
Yesterday, the Edmonton Police Service issued a news release describing Krushelnicki as a Good Samaritan. He was praised for saving the four children from serious injury or death. All witnesses interviewed by police said what Krushelnicki saved the lives of the children.
While police do not advise drivers to put themselves at risk, Edmonton police are recommending Krushelnicki for a citation. But the 46-year-old doesn't understand why he is getting so much attention. He is quoted by CTV News as saying, "No, I don't feel like a hero. I truly believe in any state most people would have done exactly that because you could just see prematurely what was going to happen."
John Troy Heitzman, 23, has been charged with dangerous driving.