Former Diamondback Luis Gonzalez pulls woman from danger after car crash

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(Photo courtesy of Art Cuffari) (Photo courtesy of Art Cuffari)

Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez reacted quickly Friday evening when he was able to pull a woman from harm's way after a fiery car accident.

According to Phoenix Fire Department, the accident happened around 5:45 p.m., just west of Lincoln Drive and Scottsdale Road in Paradise Valley. Phoenix fire said a male in his 40s lost control of his car and struck a woman's car.

Art Cuffari was riding with Gonzalez and another friend on their way to dinner, when they came across the accident. 

"She wasn't moving, she was in shock, she didn't know what hit her," said Cuffari. 

[RAW VIDEO courtesy of Art Cuffari: Luis Gonzalez pulled an elderly woman from a car accident]

Gonzalez saw what happened and reacted quickly to get the woman out of her car. The vehicle that struck the woman's car caught fire.

Gonzalez told media outlets it was a "pretty scary incident" but that he "just reacted" to get the dazed and groggy woman out of her car and to safety as quickly as he could.

"Gonzo held her the whole time, she was shaking, she was white as a ghost," said Cuffari. 

Meanwhile, one of his companions helped the other driver while the second companion called 911.

Phoenix FD said both drivers suffered serious injuries but they are both expected to fully recover.

 "A great job by Luis Gonzales, the Phoenix Fire Department is very grateful for his fast action to remove her from danger. He's definitely our MVP," said Rob McDade, public information officer for Phoenix Fire Department.

"I'm glad we were there at the right time because some people kept driving, and if that car exploded, who knows," said Cuffari. 

Gonzalez is a Phoenix-area sports hero since having the game-winning hit for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. He now works in the team's front office.

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