Jerry Ramirez, 18, was rewarded with a new car after his car was stolen, and later totaled, while he was doing a good deed. (Image source: Video screenshot)
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A Texas car dealership rewarded an 18-year-old good Samaritan with a new car, but the teen has decided not to keep it.
Instead, Jerry Ramirez plans to donate the car to someone in need, the Greenville Herald-Banner reported.
What was Ramirez's good deed?
At about midnight on April 13 , Ramirez and his friends stopped to help victims in a suspected drunk driving crash in Royse City, about 30 miles northeast of Dallas. The driver of the crashed vehicle, apparently not hurt, jumped into the teen's black Chrysler and sped off — nearly running over Ramirez.
Delyn Stampf, 29, who stole the good Samaritan's car, led police on a chase that ended nearly 10 minutes later when he crashed, again. Stampf died at the scene.
The Royse City High School student's car was totaled, and his insurance wouldn't cover the damage due to the theft.
What happened next?
The community stepped up to help out Ramirez who became a victim when he tried to help others in need.
A nearby car dealership, Greenville Chrysler, heard about his dilemma and offered Ramirez a free car — a cherry red Camaro.
“We just knew he needed a car. His car got totaled,” General Sales Manager Eric Barbosa said. “And here at the store, we usually help people with cars. So thought it was a good idea to get a hold of him.”
But Ramirez didn't feel right accepting the car from the dealership for himself because his friend Jeremy Poor had set up a GoFundMe account and strangers had already donated $15,000 to help him get a new car. Poor was with Ramirez that April night.
“It didn't feel morally correct to accept the car after a lot of people had helped out for the sole purpose to help me get another car,” Ramirez told KDFW-TV.
Barbosa said he was astonished at Ramirez's decision.
“He’s chosen not to accept it,” Barbosa told the Herald-Banner. “He’s going to donate it to someone else.”
“I already have someone in mind,” Ramirez said after he received the keys to the car Tuesday.
“He could've easily just taken it and got both,” Barbosa said. “There's no greed there. There's just pure heart.”
Who will be getting the Camaro?
As it turned out, Poor's kindness would soon come full circle.
You see, Poor's car wasn't running because of an unrelated accident, so Ramirez decided he would donate the red Camaro from the dealership to his friend.
“My friends and I, we’ve been driving him to and from school,” Ramirez said.
And once Poor's car is up and running again, he and Ramirez plan to find someone else in need and give it to them.
“It was honestly just another huge blessing that came our way,” Ramirez said. “I wanna really thank them [the dealership] from the bottom of my heart. This wouldn't have been possible without them.”
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