New Orleans may have a lot of homeless people, but some of them have big hearts. WVUE reported on a story where a local woman thanked a homeless person for saving her life after a fiery crash on St. Charles Avenue.
The crash happened just before Thanksgiving. Sara Gautreaux was running errands to prepare for the holiday when a teen driver crashed into her going the wrong way. She was pinned inside of her car at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and St. Charles Avenue.
As flames consumed the hood of her car, she heard a voice from a panhandler to get out of the car. Joel Smith saw that Sarah was pinned by the steering wheel and that the driver-side door was jammed shut. He went around to the passenger side and broke into the vehicle to pull her out.
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Smith stayed with Sarah until the police arrived. She had suffered several broken bones in the accident. After she was in police care, he left to go back to his shelter. Since the accident, she has gone back to that corner to give aid to Smith. He is currently looking for a job and has been homeless for five years. A charity, Unity for the Homeless, is helping him find housing.
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