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Good Samaritans Save Couple from Submerged Car in Long Island

by Halle Ames
(Photo Credit: Photography by Neil Gavin (www.neilgavin.com.au)/ Getty Images)

A security camera captured the moment when a couple in a car went off the road and crashed into a canal in Lindenhurst, Long Island. 

The couple behind the wheel of the 2004 Mercury were 78-year-old Joseph Abitabile and his wife, 76-year-old Delores. Both of which are residents of Massapequa, Long Island. 

The crash happened when a 2018 Ford truck and a 2016 Subaru crashed into one another at Venetian Promenade and Montauk Highway around noon on Monday. Morris Kramer was the 85-year-old driver of the Subaru, while Greg Destefano drove the Ford. 

After the crash, Kramer backed up his Subaru into eastbound Montauk Highway, where it hit the Abitabile’s car. 

The Mercury went crashing through a barrier fence and into the water. Luckily for the Abitabiles, many people were around to help. 

Off-duty police officer John Tighe and on-duty police officer Debra Gearon jumped into the water after the couple. The two officers pulled Joseph from the car. They were also able to reach Delores after breaking through a window; however, she was unconscious. 

Another off-duty officer Robert Russo was on scene to help perform CPR on Delores. He was able to revive her to the point where her pulse and breathing were back. 

The Abitabiles, one helpful bystander, two police officers, and Morris Kramer were all transported to nearby Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. None of the people involved have life-threatening injuries. In addition, Destefano was not injured or treated. 

Social Media Responds to Lucky Couple

Breaking 911’s posted the video to their Instagram and Twitter accounts. 


On Twitter, the post has received 15 comments, 65 retweets, and over 200 likes. On Instagram, however, the post has 11,700 views and 30 comments. Many people commented, saying how lucky the older couple was and thanked the good Samaritans that helped. 

One said, “Thankfully someone saw them go in the water. Imagine it being 10 or 11 at night and zero traffic?” While another commented, “Brave good Samaritans. Gotta love people like them.”

[H/T Breaking 911]