FCA Head Designer Ralph Gilles Used His Wits and Jeep to Save A Man From Burning to Death
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) head designer Ralph Gilles is the kind of a guy who can’t turn his back on anyone in trouble. He proved that on Sunday February 18th.
The scene unfolded in Addison Township a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. An inebriated driver in a Ford Edge crossed into the wrong lane. Sadly, the Edge veered into the path of the late Misty Considine who was driving a Ford Fiesta. Fifty-seven-year-old Mrs. Considine was a resident of Goodrich, Michigan.
Shortly after the tragedy occurred Ralph Gilles and his wife came upon the accident. The Gilles stopped to render assistance. While Mrs. Gilles was on the phone with the 911 operator a third vehicle became involved in the wreck.
The driver of a Buick LeSabre collided with the Fiesta pushing it into the Edge. To compound the situation the engine of the Edge (a Crossover SUV) burst into flames.
Mr. Gilles put his Jeep Wrangler in four-wheel drive and used his front bumper to push the Edge away from the Fiesta. Fire Chief Jerry Morawski opined that Ralph Gilles quick thinking no doubt prevented an additional fatality.
Mr. Gilles insists that he is not a hero. With the modesty that is typical of a real hero, he pointed out that first responders handle that type of scenario all the time.
The Considines were extracted from their vehicle. Mr. Considine Survived. His wife Misty passed after being medivacked to a second hospital. We offer our sincere condolences to Mrs. Considine’s family.