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Biker's Helmet Camera Captures His Own Heroic Actions


"If you can help, help."

Image source: YouTube

A motorcyclist's heroic actions captured on his helmet camera are now getting him recognition and thanks a year after the incident occurred.

Footage that's getting viral traction now but was posted to YouTube on Oct. 10, 2013, shows a motorcyclist slowing down as traffic thickened on San Diego's SR-163, an accident loomed ahead. Taking advantage of being on a bike, the motorcyclist zipped forward ahead of the cars to see what was going on.

Upon reaching the scene, he saw an overturned car and a woman trapped inside.

"On my way home from work on the San Diego 163 northbound and there was a car overturned. I stopped to lend a hand and caught it on my helmet cam. Driver O.K," the YouTube user going by rhino177 wrote.

Image source: YouTube Image source: YouTube

Image source: YouTube Image source: YouTube

The man's actions to help a woman trapped in the car earned him thanks from a medic and a first bump from a fellow biker.

Watch the footage:

"Thanks a lot fellas," a first responder said to the good Samaritans who stopped to help out before paramedics arrived.

The motorcyclist was recently identified by KGTV-TV as Rhino Hooton.

"When she was snared in her seat belt, it was wrapped around her upper body. Her suffocating was my thought. She was panicking; she couldn't get out," Hooton said, remembering the incident to the news station a year after the event.

"It's something you don't really think about. You just do it," Hooton said about cutting the woman from her seat belt with his pocket knife.

His video only recently went viral after it made it onto the site LiveLeak, which he called "crazy and flattering."

Hooton told KGTV hopes that even though his actions weren't recent that this message can be received by those just seeing what he did not: "If you can help, help."

Watch the news station's report:

KSWB-TV reported that it spoke with the then 25-year-old woman involved in the incident who said that since she saw the video going viral she was able to track down the man who helped her and thanked him.

Hooton did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheBlaze.

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