It’s easy to forget the power that each of us has to change lives, but because of one man’s single act of kindness, countless lives are better for it.
It all started when Caden Pabst was getting off on the I-215 Belt Route from I-15. The Kia Rio next to him caught his eye when smoke started coming out from underneath. Soon after, massive flames shot out. Worst of all, the man driving the car seemed to have no idea.
“I was yelling, ‘Move over, right now! Move over!’ And when he gave me the thumbs up, I was like ‘No, move over, move over, now!'” Caden said.
Determined to get the driver to pull over, he persisted in yelling at him. Even once the driver did as he said, Caden stuck around to help, pulling over on the side of the road himself. He recommended that the driver quickly grab anything he needed and get away from the car ASAP.
Mere moments after the two of them did just that, the car completely burst into flames before exploding.
“Oh, it was massive! Pretty solid 10 feet into the air,” Caden said. “It was a lot of fire. (And then), you just heard a massive explosion, and we went over there and there was little bits of his engine. It was crazy.”
After talking to the driver, Caden learned that although he hadn’t realized that his car was in flames, he did know something was wrong and had planned on taking the next exit. But based on how quickly the car exploded and how damaged it became, had Caden not told him to stop, things would have turned out much worse for the driver and every person who happened to be near him.
It’s no wonder, then, that this grateful driver couldn’t stop thanking Caden for not only noticing that something was wrong, but for taking the time to actually do something about it.
“Once the car was completely in flames, I was just, like, really grateful that I really, honestly stopped,” Caden said, “because a lot of people didn’t. I guess I’m just not the kind of person that can see someone in a lot of trouble and not do something about it.”
We’re so glad Caden stopped! We can’t even imagine the disaster that would have ensued if he hadn’t.
Don’t forget to share this article with a friend.
Want more good news?
Sign up for Smile, our free daily good news email with over 600,000 happy and optimistic subscribers!
Share to Give!
$20.10 raised today to provide life-changing cleft surgeries to children in need with Smile Train! Learn more here.
Share to Give!
Every time you share an article, we donate to Smile Train to help provide life-changing cleft surgeries to children in need. Spread good news, change lives! Learn more here.
$20.10 raised today!
Want to be happier in just 5 minutes a day? Sign up for Morning Smile and join over 455,000+ people who start each day with good news.