A Utah man who used his truck to stop a teen in a stolen car from speeding through a park filled with children receives free repairs and upgrades for his heroic efforts.
Bryson Rowley, the father of one of the children in the park, damaged his pickup when he collided with the 14-year-old driver, who had taken his grandparents’ car for a joyride and led police on a high speed chase.
When Bryan Ellison, co-owner of an auto body shop, saw Rowley’s story on the news, he decided he wanted to help, KSL 5 reports.
“I knew the insurance, because it was intentionally done, wouldn’t pay for [the repairs],” Ellison told the television station. “Just knowing that he could have saved multiple kids' lives — the least I could do was get the truck fixed at no cost.”
According to KTSU, a group of local companies in West Valley City teamed up with Ellison to repair and upgrade Rowley’s truck free of charge, covering the $7,000 in damages. The pickup also got nearly $8,000 worth of donated upgrades, putting the total cost of the work at $15,000.
Upgrades included new turbos, new front differential parts, a new fuel system, new back bumper and new shocks.
“It was more than expected,” Rowley said. “They went above and beyond the repairs that were needed. I’m just grateful that people stepped up like that — it sure helped out.”
Watch KSL 5's report below: