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George Zimmerman Rescues Gerstle Family from Overturned SUV

Rescued: George Zimmerman pulled Mark and Dana Gerstle and their 2 children from an overturned SUV (Photo: Dana Gerstle/Facebook)

Rescued: George Zimmerman pulled Mark and Dana Gerstle and their 2 children from an overturned SUV (Photo: Dana Gerstle/Facebook)

George Zimmerman briefly came out of hiding last week to help rescue a family trapped in an overturned sport utility vehicle.

ABC News reports Zimmerman, whose whereabouts were unknown following his acquittal of second degree murder and manslaughter in the Trayvon Martin case, was at the scene of a crash at the intersection of Interstate 4 and state highway 46 in Sanford at approximately 5:45 pm last Thursday, less than a mile from where he shot Martin. A Ford Explorer overturned, trapping a couple and two children inside.

George Zimmerman (Photo: Fox News screen grab)

George Zimmerman (Photo: Fox News screen grab)

According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Zimmerman and another man rescued the family before police arrived on the scene. There were no reported injuries resulting from the crash. Zimmerman did not witness the rollover and left the scene after briefly speaking with deputies.

MailOnline has identified the crash victims as 52-year-old Mark Gerstle, his 41-year-old wife Dana Gerstle, and their two children, ages 8 and 4.

The accident rescue marked the first public sighting of Zimmerman since a jury found that he shot Martin in self-defense last week, a verdict which resulted in widespread, often emotional, condemnation and triggered a wave of mostly peaceful protests in dozens of cities across the nation.

Zimmerman’s lawyers claim the acquitted defendant has received “an enormous amount” of death threats and is wearing a bulletproof vest for protection. Zimmerman’s parents have also said they are receiving death threats and have not been able to return to their home.

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