Graduate student assists in car fire

Category:  News
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 2:57 PM
Graduate student assists in car fire by Tracy Geibel
Photo by Dwayne Harvey

How often do you stop when you see a car pulled off to the side of the road?

Dwayne Harvey, an Edinboro University psychology graduate student says he was driving from his Erie home to the college campus at about 9:20 a.m. this morning, on his way to take a final in his Spanish class, when he and his passenger noticed a car pulled off along the side of Route 99.

Thinking it was strange that several of the car doors were hanging open, he moved his foot from the gas pedal to the brake, slowed down his car and pulled off along the road not far from this other vehicle, a red Chevy.

Approaching the car, Harvey says he saw a women sitting inside and she told him that she pulled over because she smelled something strange. 

Harvey says he then noticed smoke coming from the car.  Moments later, there were flames.

That’s when he told the woman to leave the car behind and get away from it as quickly as possible. 

“My only concern was getting her away from the car,” Harvey said, “because it was engulfed in minutes.”

Harvey said that before he arrived, he saw several cars in front of him pass by the scene and even more continue driving by afterwards. 

“But, I didn’t think twice,” he said.

Tracy Geibel is the executive editor for The Specator. She can be reached at

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