On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt was involved in an accident in her chauffeur-driven luxury SUV. Police report that Hunt's vehicle was in Los Angeles' Mid-City area on the corner of San Vicente and Tremaine Ave. when her car was struck by a white Honda before rolling over onto its side. Thankfully, the accident was none too severe as she was wearing her seat belt but anytime a rollover occurs there is the possibility of vehicle fire and/or internal injuries of the occupants.
A Good Samaritan quickly jumped to Hunt's aid pulling her from the back seat of the damaged car. She appeared shaken as a result of the incident and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills for treatment.
She sustained minor injuries and was released hours later. She is now at home and quickly on the mend where she is said to be in good spirits. A preliminary investigation conducted by police on the scene found no one at fault and therefore no charges were filed against any of the parties involved.
Helen Hunt is a 56 year-old actress famous for her role as Jamie Buchman in the critically-acclaimed TV-sitcom Mad About You winning both Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. She received an Oscar for her portrayal of the tough-as-nails waitress Carol Connelley in the rom-com As Good As It Gets opposite Jack Nicholson's Melvin Udall, the ornery Manhattan novelist. In subsequent years, she went on to star in a number of different projects also lending her hand to screenwriting and directing duties. The accident occurred during filming of the Mad About You revival, which is slated to appear in late 2019 under the Spectrum Originals banner.
As for the Samaritan, Zarren Thomas, he was unaware of Hunt's fame and only learned about the star status of his rescuee when the story hit the airwaves. According to Thomas, when he first heard the accident his immediate impulse was to render assistance and aid in anyway he could. Despite being scared, foremost in his mind was getting everyone out of the wreck "...safe and sound." It's not everyday you hear a story of average folks performing such brave and selfless acts such as these. My hat is off to Zarren. And to Helen, keep buckling up!