Scene of a fiery June 2 accident that reportedly captures former Arizona Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez at the scene.
Artie Cuffari


Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez helped pull a woman out from her smashed vehicle Friday afternoon after the car she was driving in was struck head on, according a friend who recorded some of the fiery chaos.

Artie Cuffari, 47, said he and a second friend were riding in a car with Gonzalez just after 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Paradise Valley area. He said a vehicle in front of them jumped the roadway median and smashed into the woman’s car head on.

“He (Gonzalez) said, ‘Oh my God look what happened,'” Cuffari said.

The accident happened in the area of Lincoln, near Scottsdale Road, Cuffari said. He said Gonzalez and Mike Mehan, the second friend, sprang into action while he called 911.

The impact caused the car that jumped the median to burst into flames near the woman’s vehicle, Cuffari said. 

He said the woman was stunned. Cuffari said Mehan managed to open the door and Gonzalez pulled the woman from the vehicle and to safety. 

“Gonzo pulled her out and held her the whole time,” Cuffari said. “She didn’t know what hit her.”

Cuffari said Gonzales didn’t want to talk about the incident.

“He didn’t waver or hesitate,” Cuffari said. “That’s just the kind of guy he is.”


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