Woman, pit bull injured in rollover crash; strangers show humanity at its best

It might not be too often someone involved in a terrifying car crash walks away finding something positive, but it gave one woman a first-hand look at the generosity of strangers.

Laura Chinchak, of Taylor, was involved in a crash at the intersection of Ecorse and Middlebelt roads in Romulus on June 2.

Romulus police confirmed the crash and that Chinchak’s car rolled twice.

Inside the car with Chinchak was her little pit bull named Iliana.

According to Chinchak, she suffered a few injuries and Iliana was pretty banged up from the crash.

Aside from being stunned by the incident, Chinchak said she was amazed how people came to their aid.Chinchak was so overwhelmed at the time, she said she doesn’t remember the names of people who sprang into action at the scene, but recalls some fact sshe felt compelled to recognize and share publicly on her social media account.

“Thank you to everyone that stopped and helped us,” she posted the following day. “I wanted to say thank you to all the good Samaritans that lifted the car off my dog.”

Among a litany of thank you messages were heartfelt words of appreciation to a man who she recalls crawling inside her vehicle to help pull her and Iliana out to safety.

She said he even picked up her purse and personal items.

“Thank you to the nurse practitioner that stayed with my dog and helped clean her up, as well as the lady in blue scrubs that helped her,” she posted.

In the midst of the chaos, she remembers the generosity of a man who handed over his own dog’s leash when it became clear Iliana’s was missing in the debris.

Chinchak said she hit her head when the vehicle rolled, but she and her dog are physically going to be OK. She said she appreciated the attention the Romulus Police and Fire departments showed her.

They not only did their jobs, she said, but also have checked on her and Iliana since the crash.

Many who read her post, including Reta Man, were inspired by the good nature of so many people who offered their help that day.

“Wow,” Man said. “Now that’s my America, my Michigan, my neighborhood. Reading this made my whole day. So glad you and your pup are OK and thank God for angels.”

Nearly 250 people commented on the post.

One person described the response from strangers as “humanity at its best.”

Carrie Rito-Molino is one of the more than 2,200 people who reacted to the post with care.

“I love to hear about the good people in the world,” Rito-Molino said. “So glad you are both OK. My daughter had that same accident last week in Brownstown and she was fine, too. So scary. Take care and all you Good Samaritans keep up the good work. We see you.”

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