Erick Marciano is being called a hero after he risked his own safety to save a dozen people in downtown Montreal Tuesday, Nov. 12. He drove his Mercedes SUV into an intersection to stop a runaway car from colliding into a dozen pedestrians on René-Lévesque Boulevard.
“It only takes one gesture to make a difference,” Marciano said.
According to the Montreal police, the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. at the corner of René-Lévesque Blvd. and St-Denis St.
Marciano, 48, was not wounded in the crash. The 19-year-old driver of the speeding car, was hospitalized with nonthreatening injuries. Police think he may have been intoxicated.
Officers had been trying to stop the vehicle but the driver would not pull over.
He led police on a chase. When police were able to pull him over, a spokesman said, he took off again once the officers got out of their car.
Police said Marciano was stopped at the red light when he found the fleeing car approaching. Seeing people walking across the street, he angled his SUV to block the runaway car’s path.
The father of three estimates he had milliseconds to react to what he was seeing.
“I was just thinking of the pedestrians that had to go home that night and I figured that it was something I had to do,” he said.
“I don’t think I’m a hero. I did what I had to do. If I was put in that situation again, I would not hesitate to do it again,” he said.
“I honked, went forward and blocked the road,” Marciano said.
Marciano is a little sad his Mercedes SUV, which he’s had for 10 years, was destroyed, but adds his car insurance company is willing to pay for the damage.
“It’s just metal. It really doesn’t matter,” he said. “Anything but life is replaceable.”
No pedestrians were injured. Police said the 19-year-old suspect was being detained overnight Tuesday. It was too early to say what charges he could face.