George Zimmerman to the Rescue?

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July 22 2013 2:16 PM

Zimmerman Reappears to Pull Family From a Rolled-Over Truck [Update: Which Was on Fire]

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George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty on July 13, 2013, the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center

Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

Posted at 1:23 p.m.: George Zimmerman, last seen leaving a Florida courtroom after being acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, finds himself back in the news today for a much (much!) less polarizing reason: According to police, he came to the rescue of someone who was trapped in an overturned truck. ABC News with the mini-scoop on Zimmerman's good deed:

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Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told ABC News that Zimmerman "pulled an individual from a truck that had rolled over" at the intersection of a Florida highway last week. Florida Highway Patrol is now handling the case, McAuliffe said.

Police say the crash occurred at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Route 417, a site less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot and killed Martin last year. Other than that, however, little is known about the rescue or the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer's involvement in it.

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Update at 2:16 p.m.: NBC News has a little more info on the accident:

Zimmerman and another man were assisting a family of four when officers with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene of the accident. A blue Ford Explorer had traveled off the road and rolled over and caught fire, according to officials.  
Zimmerman and the other man were helping the two children and their parents get out of the overturned vehicle, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said. The former neighborhood watch volunteer left the scene after making contact with police and did not witness the crash.

None of the vehicle's occupants were injured, according to police.

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