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Woman saves rude Crystal River driver, daughter from burning car

Kristyn Dominy describes the crash and fire she found as she and her daughter visit the scene on W Ozello Trail in Crystal River.
Kristyn Dominy describes the crash and fire she found as she and her daughter visit the scene on W Ozello Trail in Crystal River.
Published Mar. 7, 2012

CRYSTAL RIVER — A charred spot on a stretch of W Ozello Trail in Crystal River marks the spot where a mother and her daughter escaped a burning car with the help of a good Samaritan.

Kristyn Dominy was heading home with her baby Monday evening when a woman sped erratically past her along the winding road.

"She did flip me off whenever she passed me," Dominy said.

Dominy, 22, said she noticed black smoke coming from the woman's Jeep, and when she turned another corner she saw the woman's car in flames among some burning trees.

"My first thought when I came around the corner and saw that her vehicle was on fire, I was thinking karma," Dominy said, "but the same time, I could never — even though she flipped me off down the road — I could never just sit there and watch that happen."

Dominy pulled over to help the woman, who was on fire and struggling to pull her daughter from the burning car. She said the child was also on fire and tangled in the Jeep's seat belt. Dominy helped get the girl out and called 911.

"The vehicle was up in flames and just the look on the mom and daughter's face — I could never just drive by and not think about that," she said.

The mother and child were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where the woman was in good condition Wednesday morning; the child's condition was described as "serious."

The State Fire Marshal's Office has yet to determine what started the fire.

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