MALIBU (CBS) — Three people were injured when a Dodge Viper that was possibly drag racing collided with a SUV — containing a mother and her two young children — and caught fire at the same time overturning the SUV.

The accident, which was reported about 12:26 p.m. Sunday, happened one mile north of Trancas Canyon near Zuma Beach along the eastbound Pacific Coast Highway.

At least one of the victims was reported to be in critical condition.

According to a Los Angeles County Fire Supervisor, authorities believe two vehicles — both Dodge Vipers — were drag racing prior to the accident.

A fire helicopter was sent to the crash site to transport at least one of the victims to an area hospital, halting traffic in both directions.

Louisa Hodge, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, talked to a Good Samaritan who was responsible for pulling three people to safety after the crash.

Lindy Winchell was talking her new Cabrio out for a spin with friend Grant Ibrahim. They witnessed the Viper hit the SUV head-on. “My friend Grant was a hero today. He saved people’s lives.”

Said Ibrahim, “After the hit, [the driver in the Viper] was traveling at such a high rate of speed that he actually did three or four complete 360s before completely coming to a stop.”

After pulling the Viper driver to safety, the car burst into flames.

Ibrahim then ran to a flipped over SUV to get the two kids out. He told Hodge, “I got a rock and busted out the rear window. And then I pulled the children out. The woman, her legs were pretty badly broken, I just stabilized her legs as best as possible.”

Winchell believes her little joy ride had divine intervention. “God put us in that situation to be there for them and have Grant save their lives.”

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Comments (40)
  1. Bella Berube says:

    I arrived upon the accident moments after impact. Two sportscars were racing and one clipped the Mom driving the Nissan SUV. Flipped her vehicle and he ended up on fire in the middle of the PCH. The other sportscar sped away. Two male witnesses pulled the driver of sportscar out and I ran to SUV where I was met by 2 other witnesses. They communicated with female driver through her window and she told them her kids were in the car. The men could not open the doors so I picked up a big rock and handed it to one of the men and told him to break out the rear door window. At this point the 7 year old girl had unlatched herself and 4 year old brother and they came out the back window where I cared for them. The mother had to be extricated by fire rescue and then all 3 were air lifted by helicopter.

    1. CC rider says:

      I hope the mom and kids are ok. I’ll never understand the whole racing cars on public streets. Its one of most stupid things to do. They need tougher laws on street racing. Your awesome Bella for helping out. Prays for the mom and kids.

      1. Bella says:

        thank you cc, but my post got deleted. Also the guy on the news Grant acted as if he was the only one doing any rescue. There were alot of nameless heroes there today, he should not be taking all the credit.

      2. bugman says:

        It is a different age group now,in the late 60’s and early 70’s I street raced,but nobody was out late, rode the Otega before the rice rockets came into the mainstream,I still ride my Harley,but,not crazy!!!Sorry for the loss,but,can’t do this kind of sht anymore in our cities,to many people that can get hurt or killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        It was just different back then,more sense to a point,different education!

    2. Jackie O'Brien says:

      Ella says ” Hi and I’m okay, thank you Bella for helping me”. I’m her grandmother & she’s here with me & Kerry & her Pop pop. They are doing fine! Their Mom is in UCLA Medical Center . She’s doing better, She had surgery last night for 2 broken legs. She will have another surgery on her foot in 2 days. Please pray for her speedy recovery. We are eternally grateful for all the help of the magnificent heroes who stopped to help in any way. Many people told me how kind you were to the children Bella!! There aren’t words…

  2. DT says:

    Grant obviously needed his 15 minutes!

    1. Bella says:

      true, i am so disgusted with his exageration of his role. Alot of other people helped. The reporter obviously did not do her job at all. Shame on him for lying!

      1. krg says:

        Wow really? You did a good thing and all you can do is gripe because a news article didn’t mention you? You say Grant exaggerated his role. How do you even know what he said? This is a print article not a tv interview. His words could have, and most likely were, taken out of context. So sad, you did a good thing and make it ugly because you didn’t get the credit you think you deserve. That’s not what being a good samaritan is about.

  3. Den says:

    Street racers are such a nuisance. Just last week I saw a street racer challenging other drivers to a race.

  4. Vigor Shmovolich says:

    I hope all of the people involved make a full recovery. The Dodge Viper is a dangerous car. It’s way too much horsepower with way too little engineering. Slamming the throttle on a Viper isn’t the same thing as slamming the throttle in for instance a Porsche GT3. Both cars are basically street legal race cars. But, the Porsche has the braking, handling and technology to keep the car going in the direction you intended on.

    1. Kenny says:

      You sir do not know what your talking about. The Viper will outrun, out handle and out brake any GT3 anytime. The problem here is people that don’t know how to handle a car with NO traction control. Traction control makes us all rely on technology. I have three vipers and track one of them and if you know how to drive…like any other super car it’s safe as it can be! And yes I have had three porsche , two ferrari’s and a lambo. All fine cars until they added all the paddle shifters and drivers nannies that makes us all control the car less and go well pass our driving limits

  5. Vigor Shmohvolich says:

    The Dodge Viper is a dangerous car. It’s way too much horsepower with way too little engineering. Slamming the throttle on a Viper isn’t the same thing as slamming the throttle in for instance a Porsche GT3. Both cars are basically street legal race cars. But, the Porsche has the braking, handling and technology to keep the car going in the direction you intended on.

  6. Vigor Shmohvolich says:

    The Dodge Viper is a dangerous car. It’s way too much horsepower with way too little engineering. Florring the throttle on a Viper isn’t the same thing as flooring the throttle in for instance a Porsche GT3. Both cars are basically street legal race cars. But, the Porsche has the engineering and technology to keep the car going in the direction you intended on.

    1. Vic says:

      If that was true, how come the Viper runs the Nurburgring in 7:11, and the GT3 is far behind at 7:27? How is the Porsche superior, if it is the LOSER? Huh? What?

  7. GOfizix says:

    Vigor, you have no idea what you are talking about. The Viper is a street legal race car with the records to prove it. The GT3 is a great car, but the Viper ACR model will out-handle/brake/accelerate the GT3. This crash is the result of poor judgement, not inadequate engineering. As a firefighter I have been to countless car wrecks which normally are the result of stupidity. Part of responsible driving is understanding the limits of your vehicle and driving skill. Racing on a public street is stupid.

    1. Bryan B says:

      Gofizix –
      I’ve owned a SRT 10 Viper and have race driven GT3’s . I can tell you first hand that the Viper is very primitive in terms of technology and stability control systems. Vigor Shmohvolich is 100% correct, if you compare the Viper SRT or ACS/ACS X to any exotic or luxury exotic it has little to no stability control systems.

    2. Jeff says:

      No, you’re wrong Gofizix. The Dodge Viper is not comparable to the GT3 in terms of handling, braking etc. The Viper is a primitive race car while the GT3 is a marvel of engineering.

      1. jay dalarieoux says:

        Wow this is unbelievable. An article where a woman and her children were injured gets hijacked by a bunch of buffoons expressing their horsepower. These are the “men” of our society- boys who never really quite grew up. Get your head out of your butts – want to talk cars? Go to a car forum. Had this been my wife and kids, the owners would have lost a lot more than their precious cars, that’s for sure.

      2. Bella says:

        I agree Jay – These guys talking car junk on here are exactly the kind that go out there and reace eachother with total disregard for any other lives. The drivers of those vipers, unfortunantely one got away, should go to jail and pay $$$$$ for the damages they have caused.

  8. Terri M says:

    Wow, Grant is a real hero and those at the accident site are truly blessed he was there!

  9. dan says:

    Viper currently holds the record at the Nurburgring, which requires the best braking and turning capabilities in the world. No doubt it’s the best handling street car available IN THE WORLD, but… don’t drive themselves.

    Blaming a car for an accident is like blaming a gun for a shooting, which is CRAZY.

    Street racing, if applicable here and no one seems to know, is illegal. If you want to race, TAKE YOUR CAR TO THE TRACK.

    1. Jeff says:

      So is it assumed that all Viper owners are idiots, seeing as how it has one of the highest rates of accidents caused by speeding and reckless driving? Why is it that there are many more GT3’s on the road yet insurance stats show that the Viper is considerably more likely to be in an accident? If you think the Viper is the best handling street car in the world, you’re high. The Nissan GTR holds that title as of this year.

    2. Paco Escalante says:

      The Viper does not hold the record at Nurb. That record is held by a man by the name of Orale Pues Estrada. He drove his ’64 Impala on the track and broke all pervious records by hitting his switches up and down the track.

  10. Bella says:

    Really gentleman, I think the point here is, people got hurt because “it doesn’t matter what kind of car it is” a couple of idiots were wreckless!!!! The guy was middle aged, not even a kid. He should have known better. I hope he gets jail time for what he has now done to this family and has to pay restitution. NO ONE WITH ANY KIND OF CAR SHOULD RACE ON ANY PUBLIC ROAD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK GOD NO ONE DIED. So please, enough with the car debate. It was a pair of obnoxious idiots who caused this, plain and simple.

    1. jay dalarieoux says:

      The morons who caused this should be executed or jailed for life.

  11. Judy Azzara says:

    Bella – You are amazing and so “right on!” Thank you for saving my niece and her two darling children – I love you – even though I will probably never get the chance to meet you! Judy Azzara

    1. Bella says:

      Judy – It was a team effort…just glad I was in the right place at the right time.

  12. Bella says:

    @ krg…he did do a television interview. He claimed he pulled the driver out of fiery wreck, there was a second man who also pulled him out and got no credit. He was not the first to the Family SUV, several other people were there helping. I do not need recognition, but when a dozen men were there equally risking their life and one man seeks out a reporter and takes all the credit? That is wrong. I speak for all the other heroes who were basically dissmissed by “Grant” in the TV interview he said “I” “I” “I” was a team effort and people should know that. Had you been there, you would have seen for yourself.

  13. evanbaer says:

    People, there is a missing dog from the Pathfinder that has not been found. His name is Captain. Please help me scout the field north of Trancas Canyon Road looking for the dog. If the dog has been found please post here. Thanks, Elaine

    Also, I have the cell phone of the vipor driving. I found it in the dirt while jogging.

    1. Jackie O'Brien says:

      You may have the cell phone of the Mom in the SUV, she lost it in the accident & while laying in the car saw someone pick it up. Can you tell us how to contact you. I’m her Mom.

  14. Leanne says:

    Our family was in one of the cars that got stuck in the traffic when PCH was closed. We wondered what had happened and also we said a prayer for those involved. Once home, I looked on the internet to see if I could find out what had happened and found it hard to believe there was only one lone Rescuer. I wondered who the women was in the picture sitting with and comforting the children. Now I know it was Bella. Thank you, Bella for being there for those children – God sent you to watch over them – what an Angel you are.

    1. Bella says:

      Thank You Leanne, but there really were a dozen guys out there helping. Also we must not forget the Rescue Guys…they got Mom out and they had to do it wearing heavy gear in that heat. They never get any praise and they do this everyday! They were wonderful with the kids and mom. Keep Mom in your prayers. She and those kids are the brave ones. I wish you could have seen the composure of Ella, 7 years old, so amazing. Can you imagine being a mom with 2 broken legs and 2 young children to care for? Tomorrow I will see if the bank will help me set up an account to raise funds for this family. I will post the info here tomorrow for anyone who wants to help.

  15. Anna Hill says:

    To all those who helped my sweet cousin and her two lovely children I thank you.
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  16. Darwin says:

    Traction control, stability control, bigger brakes and all of the electronic nanny aids in the world will not solve for or compensate for stupidity. You can fix the stupid.

    1. jay dalarieoux says:


  17. Giovanni Magana says:

    Oh well, street racing it is just a rush people get to feel better, that rush it usually gone after somebody winds up dead or wrapped around a tree or light ple and then it becomes sorrow, we humans do not learn from our mistakes, we will forget in the next 15 minutes.

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