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Tampa Bay teen saves man after 1-car crash

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Leslie visits McNutt at hospital Leslie visits McNutt at hospital
Alec Leslie thinks of himself as a typical teen. He's a senior at East Bay High School. He loves his ROTC classes and is working towards being an Eagle Scout.

But what he did one mid-October night moved him from average to extraordinary.

While driving north on Interstate 75 near the Big Bend Road area, he came across what looked like a van buried in the brush off the side of the road. He didn't brush it off.

“I walked up to the car and I could see a silhouette. I swung open the door. A bunch of fumes came out, steam, lots of different smells came out," he said. "It was an unconscious driver.”

That driver was Brian McNutt. He had had a single car accident and was all alone on the road, until Leslie and his friend decided to stop.

“He was sitting in the driver's seat. He had gone off the road, through the culvert, bounced up into a palm tree,” the teen said. “He regained consciousness and I gave him a little bit. I said sir, you've been in a car accident, my name is Alec.”

The only thing that kept McNutt alert and alive until paramedics arrived was Leslie talking to him that about his family. Leslie had no idea how bad McNutt’s injuries were.

“All I could see was a broken toe and a bad concussion,” Leslie said.

It was much worse than that. McNutt had several broken ribs, his back was broke, all the muscle was ripped off the bone from his knee to his hip. He's had more than a dozen surgeries and has more to go. His lungs collapsed, heels shattered and his pelvis broken.

Today Brian McNutt is doing much better, although still in bad shape. He and Leslie have become friends.

“I don't even know where to begin. I'll have moments where I'm literally in tears,” McNutt said.

Leslie now visits McNutt regularly at Tampa General Hospital where he's been for two months, often standing there, talking and holding his hand.

“I truly don't, I don't know how to thank you,” McNutt told Leslie.

“You've blessed me with being a part of your wonderful family,” Leslie replied.

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