Kind-hearted man stopped to lend a hand to crash survivors, but his truck was stolen instead

Oyin Balogun
Jan 22, 2019
08:59 P.M.

A well-meaning citizen was kind enough to help survivors from a car crash, but his good deed was paid back with a bad coin.


Although cases of stolen vehicles might have reduced, some people still indulge in the cruel and uncivilized act. 53-year-old Felix Coffman was driving on Interstate 95 in Volusia County, Florida at about 8 pm when a Mitsubishi Lancer sped past him. He was still looking on when the Lancer smashed into the rear end of another vehicle.

The Lancer driver then lost control of his car, drove into the woods before crashing into a tree and catching fire. Being a Good Samaritan, Felix immediately pulled over to render his help.


He was checking on one of the drivers when the other one walked out, and in what can be said to be his craziest moment; Coffman turned around to see the Lancer driver drive off with his truck.

A countrywide alert was immediately raised for the stolen vehicle, and Zachary Searls was later identified to be the thief was. From the vehicle registration, the officers were able to obtain an address in Daytona Beach, where the stolen truck was later found in Searls' driveway.


The thief was also apprehended.

After Coffman identified Searls, the 27-year-old was taken to the county jail and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of a crash with injuries; no valid driver’s license and resisting an officer without violence.

He is currently on a $6,000 bail. The other driver involved in the crash luckily sustained only minor injuries and was taken to Halifax Health Medical Centre for treatment.


In another stolen vehicle case, two Brampton men were indicted in a crash that happened on Friday. The men took a semi-truck belonging to another fellow about 5 am on Friday morning.

The owner of the truck immediately informed the police, but he later found the men with his vehicle at another location. He then notified the deputies who tailed the semi-truck. The suspects sped away and crashed into two cars at an intersection.

The thieves, however, kept driving until they smashed into another set of vehicles before losing control and hitting a steel fence. Not done, the men ran away from the scene, but the police apprehended them shortly after.

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