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Trooper lifts car off victim

<strong style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;"><span style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;"></span></strong><strong style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;"><span style="color: #0000bf; font-size: 15px;">Update: 5:04 pm, 3/27/13, Wednesday</span></strong><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A state trooper is being called a hero after he lifted a car off of a UI student.
Update: 5:04 pm, 3/27/13, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A state trooper is being called a hero after he lifted a car off of a UI student. He saved his life. It happened on Interstate 57 just North of Rantoul. 

Ethan Asofsky was driving back to school when he swerved off the road. He got out of his car to flag down help. That's when he saw Trooper Scott. He was about the run across the road, but before he could, he was hit.

"I was dispatched to go out there for a few motor assists, vehicles in the median," said Trooper Brian Scott. It's a call that is normal for a snowy day like Monday but when he got to the scene, it was anything but.

Trooper Scott put his car into park and looked across the median. That's when he saw Asofsky.

"I made eye contact with him and within a few seconds, I heard screeching tires, observed a black vehicle sliding sideways directly towards him and the next thing you know, he was struck. The vehicle traveled down the embankment and they both disappeared from my view," said Scott. 

"I was trapped underneath the car. I basically had, I've been calling it a snow coffin, like I couldn't move and my face was pinned up to the bottom of the car," said Asofsky.

Trooper Scott realized he couldn't lift it himself so he asked the driver and another man for help. 

"Told the guys next to me, we're going to count down from three and we're going to lift and I said you pull him out," said Scott. 

"And then in just kind of one swoop, I was out of the car," said Asofsky. 

He walked away with just cuts and bruises. Some so bad, he is now walking with crutches. 

"For what happened, just thank God. Like, there's no way I should be here right now or at least in this capacity," said Asofsky. 

And it's all thanks to a man who says he was just doing his job. 

"We were trying to think of something to do for him, like I have no idea what to do for this guy. I mean, what do you do for someone who's given you your entire life back?" said Asofsky.

"My main thing is I'm just relieved that he's OK and he's back on his feet," said Scott.

Asofsky says he'll be returning to class sometime next week. 

Trooper Scott says it's important for drivers to stay in their car after an accident. He says they are more safe from impact inside than out. 
 
Original: 3:03 pm, 3/26/13, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A state trooper and others saved a man who was run over by lifting the vehicle off him. Monday afternoon, Ethan Asofsky, 21, of Champaign, ended up in the center median of I-57 southbound because of slick road conditions. Asofsky flagged down a friend who stopped to help him.

Trooper Brian Scott got to the scene and watched Asofsky try to cross the interstate to meet him. At that time, a Dodge Caliber driven by Nicholas Carter, 21, of Chicago, spun out, left the road and hit Asofsky. He was pinned under the vehicle.

Scott, Carter and other bystanders lifted the car off of Asofsky and pulled him out from under it.  Carter was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
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