Good Samaritan rescues driver from ravine in Virginia Beach

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 1:21 PM

UPDATE 5/9:  The victim remains in the hospital Friday in fair condition, hospital officials told 13News Now.
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VIRGINIA BEACH -- One person was rescued from a ravine in Virginia Beach Thursday following a two-car crash on the Twin Bridges.

According to State Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a Honda Accord was traveling wesbound on I-64 at the Twin Bridges and when the driver made a sudden lane change to avoid traffic. Upon making the move, the driver, John S. Brown III, sideswiped a Toyota 4Runner.

The 4Runner then flipped over the median and into the ravine, Anaya said.

The car landed in the backyard view of Johnny and Pam Tripp. Pam told 13News Now she was cooking dinner when she saw the car flip over the side of the bridge and land in the water.

She says  when she alerted her husband, he immedately jumped into his boat and took off to help.  He managed to pull the male driver to safety; nobody else was inside the car. 

"I tried to talk to him keep him alert and I even prayed with him just so he would stay alert and be calm." Johnny said. 

The driver was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is expected to be ok, Anaya said. 

Brown has been charged with unsafe lane change. 

The westbound left lane remains shut down as crews work to remove the vehicle from the water. 

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