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Dealer gives replacement car to Phoenix driver slammed in viral video

Shannon Vivar received a Chevy Cruze from Carvana on Monday, Oct. 28, after her car was hit two weeks earlier in an accident caught on video. (Carvana Photo)

PHOENIX – Earlier this month, a red-light runner almost hit a couple pushing a stroller at a Phoenix intersection but instead slammed into a car that seemed to come out of nowhere in a viral video of the accident.

The driver of the car that got hit was called a hero by some, but her 2015 Chevy Cruze was demolished by the impact.

Shannon Vivar didn’t go without a ride for long, though. On Monday, Tempe-based used car seller Carvana rewarded Vivar with a 2018 Cruze.

“We were honored to have a hand in getting her back into a vehicle and it was a pleasure presenting her with the vehicle,” Carvana spokeswoman Amy O’Hara told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email Thursday.

Chevy Cruz protects pedestrians in crosswalk

A hero in the form of a Chevy Cruze may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk.The people were trying to cross Indian School at 53rd Avenue late in the evening when a car came barreling through the red light.A Chevrolet Cruz on 53rd Avenue entered the intersection on a green light when a Jeep driven by Ernesto Otanez Oveso slammed into that car, just a few feet away from the pedestrians.Oveso and a woman in the car with him took off running after the accident. Oveso noticed a witness was following him and told that man to stop, even stabbing one of the doors on his car.The 28-year-old was arrested on DUI and aggravated assault charges. Police also found a gun in the Jeep so an additional prohibited possession charge was added.The woman with Oveso at the time of the crash was not located.The driver of that Chevy Cruz was a 27-year-old woman. While she did suffer injuries, they were not life-threatening. Oct 14, 2019.10:10pm 53rd Ave & Indian School.

Posted by City of Phoenix Police Department on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The company also gave Vivar a new booster seat for her son plus Disneyland passes for her family.

Phoenix police released chilling traffic camera video of the Oct. 14 crash last week, and it’s been viewed on Facebook more than a million times.

“When we saw the video footage from the accident, we immediately wanted to help Shannon out,” O’Hara said.

Vivar’s mother and 3-year-old son were in the car when it was hit at 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road.

“I don’t really think I’m a hero,” Vivar, 27, said at an Oct. 24 press conference. “I kind of think it was meant to happen.”

Nobody was seriously injured in the wreck.

The driver of the red-light running Jeep Renegade, 28-year-old Ernesto Otanez Oveso, was jailed on suspicion of leaving the scene of a collision and aggravated assault along with a weapons violation, a felony warrant in a probation violation and three misdemeanor warrants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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