SAN ANTONIO – Tom Trevino had gone off duty as an emergency medical technician with Acadian Ambulance Thursday night, just as a suspected wrong-way driver sideswiped a couple’s truck on Loop 1604 and Schultz Road in southeast Bexar County.
Sean Wilcoxson, 29, managed to get out of his wrecked vehicle.
“Hey, dude, he’s stealing your car,” a bystander shouted at Trevino as he rushed to help the man and woman in their overturned vehicle.
Trevino watched as his BMW left the scene.
Bexar County deputies said Wilcoxson, moments later, whipped back around at a high rate of speed and plowed into a parked Camaro belonging to another good Samaritan.
Trevino said he looked up when he heard the boom.
“Just in time to see a 2016 Camaro fireball,” he said.
Trevino said behind the Camaro was Wilcoxson, in Trevino’s BMW, flipping over and over, heading directly for Trevino and the couple who’d been injured initially.
Trevino said his faith and experience kept him calm.
“There was that split second when I looked up and saw the Camaro barreling across the road and my BMW in the air. I thought, ‘This is going to hurt,’” he said.
Trevino said he credits divine intervention for saving their lives.
“The BMW just dropped,” Trevino said. He said it dropped with only about 20 feet to spare.
Wilcoxson remains in critical condition at University Hospital where he was booked by proxy, under at least $200,000 in bonds, for charges ranging from driving while intoxicated, failure to stop and render aid, theft, criminal mischief and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Trevino, who is also a minister, said he believes what occurred was a calling card for Wilcoxson.
“I think God was telling him, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Trevino said.