Pomona, CA – A good Samaritan truck driver who put an end to a high-speed police chase and ended an hours-long pursuit in April has been told that his insurance company won’t cover the damage (video below).
The wild pursuit began on April 6 in Riverside County after deputies tried to stop a vehicle they believed was driven by a murder suspect, KCAL reported.
Sheriff’s deputies followed the suspect into northern San Diego County, back into the Inland Empire, and then into Pomona over a period of several hours.
The high-speech chase, which wound in and out of traffic on highways and was broadcasted by news helicopters, came to a close in Pomona, KCAL reported.
Truck driver Ahmed Shaaban had been listening to news of the pursuit as it happened and when the suspect vehicle suddenly came into his view, he knew just what had to happen.
He was sitting at the intersection of Holt and San Antonio Avenues and video filmed by KCAL’s helicopter showed the truck driver pulled his 18-wheel big rig truck across the intersection to block the suspect’s approaching vehicle.
“I saw what happened and I took the decision to stop it, because if I didn’t, this person could have killed someone,” Shaaban told KCAL.
He said he never thought the suspect would just crash into him, but that was what happened a split-second later, videos of the wreck showed.
Despite the crash and the damage to his truck, the good Samaritan had no regrets, KCAL reported.
“Either way, I know I did the right thing,” Shaaban said. “I don’t regret my decision.”
But his insurance company didn’t feel the same way and denied his claim for the $22,000 in damage caused by the crash, KCAL reported.
Adriatic Insurance called Shaaban’s actions “deliberate” in a letter denying his claim and said the company “must deny any and all liability for the loss.”
“I’m just kind of shocked from the reaction,” the good Samaritan told KCAL.
Unfortunately, the truck driver can’t work and earn income until his vehicle has been repaired, and he said his bills were adding up rapidly.
“It’s racking up on me really hard and really fast,” he said. “I’m kind of stuck here.”
But since he went public about the denial of his insurance claim, a GoFundMe set up by Shaaban’s wife has so far inspired more than 2,500 people to send him more than $90,000 in assistance for his heroic act.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: