Crash survivor looking to thank stranger


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick man is searching for a stranger who saved his life this weekend.

You may call it a twist of fate, or karma if you believe in that.

Scott Albanesa Sr. and his son Scott Albanesa, Jr. call it luck.

“Completely lucky. I’d say extremely lucky really,” Albanesa, Sr. said.

Albanesa, Sr. was driving on Interstate 295 North in Johnston Saturday when he said something happened to his car causing him to lose control and flip multiple times.

He found himself trapped upside down.

“Was going through my head that I’m going to die,” Albanesa, Sr. said.

But that’s when fate intervened.

“This gentleman came along and grabbed my hand and pulled me out of the car,” he said.

In a daze with a serious concussion, Scott wasn’t able to speak to the man who saved his life.

“I’m extremely lucky that he was there for me and I’d like to thank him.  I never got a chance to thank him,” said Albanesa, Sr.

You may remember just weeks ago when Eyewitness News interviewed Scott Albanesa, Jr.  The teen was hailed a hero for saving a woman’s life.

“I was on the news for doing the Heimlich maneuver,” said Albanesa, Jr.

He spoke to Eyewitness News after a woman thanked him for saving her life as she was choking on food at the restaurant where he worked.

“Seeing my son saved this woman, I believe in the pay it forward thing. A life for a life.  This man saved my life.  God was there for me,” Albanesa, Sr. said.

The father and son couldn’t help but ask themselves if it was all a coincidence or something more.

Albanesa, Sr. posted about his experience and his search for the good Samaritan.

That post has since been shared more than 1,300 times.

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