A Canadian truck driver who administered first aid to a motorist who
had been pierced through the neck by a broken steering wheel after
crashing into a truck is the 35th recipient of the prestigious Goodyear
Highway Hero Award.
Chosen from three finalists, Frank Vieira of Ancaster ON, Canada,
received the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero Award during a special event at
the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel in Louisville KY.
Vieira was driving near Toronto ON when he heard a loud crash, looked
over his shoulder and noticed that a car on the other side of the road
had slammed into the back of a stationary roll-off truck. Vieira parked
his truck and ran to the car, whose driver had been pierced through the
neck by a piece of his own vehicle’s steering wheel, which had snapped
off on impact. Vieira placed one of his hands over the still-conscious
motorist’s wound and applied direct pressure, while using his other hand
to notify emergency services.
The driver of the parked truck walked over to the car to investigate
and immediately fainted at the sight of the injuries sustained by the
motorist. While continuing to apply direct pressure, Vieira used his
foot to pull the leg of the driver who had fainted away from traffic.
Emergency personnel arrived and transported both men to the hospital.
“Since 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored truck
drivers who have rescued children from drowning, pulled injured people
from burning vehicles, saved law enforcement officials from attackers
and more,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “Every truck
driver we’ve met through the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program has
been just that: a hero. And today, we are proud to add Frank Vieira to
As the Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Vieira receives a special
Highway Hero ring, a cash prize and other items. Vieira and two other
truck drivers were selected as finalists for the 35th Goodyear Highway
The other two drivers are:
Brian Bucenell, a driver from Richmond VA. Bucenell had just merged
onto the Ohio Turnpike near Toledo OH when he switched on his CB and
overhead other truck drivers discussing a high-speed chase that was
taking place not far from his location. Moments later, while glancing at
his mirror, Bucenell spotted a group of state trooper pursuit vehicles
chasing a car, which was rapidly heading his way. Bucenell’s truck
suddenly entered a construction zone and was forced to merge from three
lanes to two lanes. The speeding car tried to pass his 18-wheeler on the
shoulder. Over the course of the next minute, while maintaining highway
speed, Bucenell kept pace with the car, spotted an opening and
maneuvered his truck to sandwich the car against the guard rail,
stopping the vehicle and giving state troopers time to catch up with it.
Troopers arrested the car’s driver and passengers, who were later
charged with motor vehicle theft. They had chased the suspects, whose
stolen car had attained speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, for more
than 20 minutes.
Ryan Moody, a driver from Tacoma WA. Moody was driving down a busy
Chicago IL freeway when a motorcyclist swerved and crashed in front of
his truck. With no time to spare, Moody skillfully maneuvered his truck
to avoid hitting the unconscious motorcyclist, who was bleeding from a
head injury, and then positioned his 18-wheeler to protect him from
other vehicles. After jumping out of his truck, Moody wrapped his own
shirt around the badly injured motorcyclist’s head to prevent further
blood loss, while simultaneously calming surrounding bystanders, who had
gathered nearby. Moody stayed with the motorcyclist until paramedics
arrived. They later credited him with saving the man’s life.
“We are proud of not only Frank, but of Brian and Ryan, as well,”
said Medalis. “Each is a hero in his own right and a credit to his
The Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner was selected by an independent panel consisting of members of the trucking trade press.
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