USF Bulls offensive lineman Danous Estenor lifts car to free trapped man

TAMPA, USA — Danous Estenor had decided he was too hungry to wait until he got home for dinner, and as he parked his car outside the Bulls Den Cafe on USF’s campus, he heard a woman screaming for help.

Across the parking lot on that Thursday night in February, he saw a frightening scene: a tow truck driver pinned under the rear tire of a 1990 Cadillac Seville that had lurched forward as he worked underneath it, his wife struggling in vain with two men to lift the car.

Anyone could have heard the screams. But fortunately for Pedro Arzola, Estenor is not only a football player at USF, he is one of the strongest ones, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman.

„I just see his legs,” said Estenor, 21, a child of Haitian immigrants from Palm Beach. „The car is crushing him. He’s not moving. I’m thinking, ‚Oh, God, this guy is going to die.’ ”

„I tried to lift the car, and when I first tried, it didn’t budge. I backed up. I don’t know. But I felt this energy come, and I lifted it. I don’t know how, but somebody pulled him from the car.”

Maria Uribe had been sleeping in the cab of her husband’s truck when she heard Arzola, 34 and a father of four, yelling „Ayudame!” — help me. The scene looked „like a horror movie … a lot of blood,” she said. The Cadillac’s front right tire had run over Arzola’s torso and dragged him about 10 feet.

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