A 17-year-old boy is fighting for his life after hitting a car on the eastside Monday. The motorcyclist is suffering life-threatening injuries. Police say the driver of the car, Christina Gee, was impaired, and arrested her on charges of aggravated assault and felony criminal damage.
A vehicle pulled out in front of a motorcyclist who was on Golf Links near Sahuara, and the motorcycle hit the vehicle.
Thanks to three good samaritans who rushed in to help, the boy might survive.
"Heard a loud explosion," said David Gardner. "My son looked out the window, saw a big fireball and said "daddy, you gotta go."
Just before 5:00, Tucson Police say a car pulled out in front of a motorcycle on Golf Links and Wilmot. On that motorcyle was a 17-year-old boy in a dangerous situation. When most people would simply call 911, Gardner and two other bystanders rushed in to help.
"I noticed a guy laying on the ground, the bike was still on fire, there were two other people with me at the time so we had to move him," said Gardner.
Just moments after being pulled away from the bike, Gardner says the motorcycle blew up a second time. As an army veteran and EMT, he knew exactly what to do to help the driver.
"I had taken his clothes off, just to search for other injuries, looks like he had a broken leg. I ripped off some piece of his shirt, somebody put pressure on it, and we just continued to take clothes off piece by piece and started seeing more injuries."
The boy was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition. The driver of the car did stay on scene and was booked into Pima County Jail. The driver is facing one count aggravated assault and one count criminal damage with other charges pending.
As for Gardner, he says he was just doing what he knows best.
"It's probably the military in me. I hear an explosion, I'm trained to go. And being an EMT, I'm bound to it."