A group of strangers jumped into action to safe the life of a Fairfax County Police officer, hit by a drunk driver in a horrific crash on March 11. Those people were honored in Chantilly Friday for their heroic efforts.
A drunk driver rear ended the officer on I-66 near Rt. 50 earlier this month. The impact was so severe the trunk of the car was pushed into the back seat.
Akhavan was on I-66 looking for the suspected drunk driver and saw a separate vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer's cruiser was rear ended by the Chevrolet driven by Holloway, while he was trying to pull the other vehicle over. After being rear ended, the officer's cruiser struck the Toyota that was being pulled over.
When the rescuers were helping the officer out of the car, they say, they heard a baby cry. Police say the woman who hit the officer, Dianna Holloway, 26, had her two children with her, a one year old and a six year old. The children suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are said to be okay now. Holloway was charged with DUI.
"Thank god for those people who helped me that night," says Ofc. Rockie Akhavan.
Akhavan was rescued by several people who watched it all happen. And he survived the crash with just some bumps and bruises. He's back at work now. .
The driver of the Toyota sustained non-life threatening injuries and the passenger of the Toyota was uninjured.
Greg Zetts, a pastor from Rockville, had already warned the officer about a possible drunk driver on the road. Mintues later, police say, that same car slammed into the officer's car.
"Pulling the door open was miraculous and seeing him walk was nothing less than a miracle," Zetts says. "Everybody's got a second chance."
Akhavan's wife met the pastor for the first time Friday.
Court records show Holloway has a history of guilty pleas and failures to appear in court on traffic violations.
In Fairfax County, authorities cited Holloway twice for driving on a revoked license, twice for defective equipment and she entered a guilty plea for not properly restraining a child in a vehicle under the age of seven.
In Stafford County, she received a citation for failure to maintain control of her vehicle and in Fauquier County, she entered a guilty plea for reckless driving.