We’ve never really considered drama and comedy actor Luke Wilson an action hero, but The Royal Tenenbaums star just became one in real life. Let’s admit, that’s much cooler than being a hero on screen.
Wilson was involved in a fatal car crash on Tuesday night and managed to pull another driver to safety. While driving on a highway in Los Angeles, Wilson’s Toyota FJ was clipped by a Ferrari. The driver of the Ferrari was 71-year-old Mark William Gibello, who tragically died at the scene. Also in the car was professional golfer Bill Haas, who was uninjured.
In addition to hitting Wilson’s car, the Ferrari also hit a woman driving in a BMW. Another driver who was at the scene told the Press Association that he and Wilson helped pull the woman to safety after Wilson smelled smoke coming from her car. “I would say he (Luke) was heroic in leading the charge on how to get her out,” said Sean Heirigis, who helped Wilson. “He didn’t have to do that, he was also one of the injured parties so for him to be there helping me was amazing.”
Heirigis, who was behind the crash when it happened and instructed his 14-year-old daughter to call the police, said that Wilson initiated the rescue. “He went in through the trunk and pulled her out. And then we both carried her over to the curb so we could lay her down and make sure she stays safe.”
An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department said that the woman in the BMW is in stable condition and does not believe Wilson suffered any serious injuries.
Given the severity of the crash, it’s remarkable that Wilson and a fellow driver were able to act so quickly and remove the woman from her car before a possible fire. Put to the test, Wilson stepped up. We like to think we’d do the same.