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Good Samaritan Rescues Driver After Car Somehow Veers Off New Jersey Highway, Plunges into Passaic River



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A car somehow veered off Route 21 and plunged into the water of the nearby Passaic River Monday morning in Belleville, New Jersey, prompting a good Samaritan to jump in to save the driver, authorities say.

According to Belleville police, a woman driving the vehicle hit the guardrail and flew into the water.

The woman apparently managed to get herself out of the car and was floating when a good Samaritan jumped into the river to help her.

“I just saw a car floating by with a lady sitting on the trunk, she’s screaming that she couldn’t swim,” Michael James, the good Samaritan, said. “She wasn’t lying, when the car went under, so did she.”
James was a passenger on one of the cars stuck in traffic on Route 21 following the moment a car plummetted into the nearby river. As others watched the scene unfold, he knew he had to do something.

“Nobody else was jumping in, so somebody had to, I guess,” James said, adding he didn’t think twice about jumping into the frigid water.

As the vehicle was going underwater, the driver, 22-year-old Mariam Egberongbe, managed to get out of her vehicle as James made a decision that would ultimately save her life.
“It was real cold,” James, a Navy veteran, recalled, saying that Egberongbe was “panicking a little at first” but managed to calm down and listened to James as he helped her.

“She listened,” James said. “She helped me help her.”

Though the car floated away almost 100 yards from the point of the accident, the pair didn’t spend too much time in the cold water since Belleville police responded and assisted in the rescue.
When police arrived at the scene they threw two life vests into the water to get the two out.

Belleville Police Department Lt. John McAloon said that if it weren’t for James’ quick thinking and heroic deed, the scenario would have ended differently.

“There’s a very strong current,” McAlloon said. “I think without the Good Samaritan it would’ve been a recovery and not a rescue.”
Both the driver and the good Samaritan were transported to Clara Maass Medical Center and treated for hypothermia.

While James, became a hero Monday morning, he has a life goal set to be a bonafide first responder.

“Trying to get into the fire department, hopefully Clifton Fire Department soon,” he said.
Divers worked tirelessly to get the car out of the Passaic River.

How the car ended up in the water is unclear. Police say it doesn’t appear to be weather related, but the incident is still being investigated as an accident.

Images from the scene showed a portion of a guardrail separating the highway from the riverbank and river down. The outline of what appears to be a car submerged could also be seen.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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