Two people who rescued a pregnant woman from an overturned car moments before it exploded are being sued by another accident victim they allegedly didn't have time to help.
Construction worker James Campbell and police Officer Dale Turner pulled Norma Macias from her car Jan. 30 just before it was hit by another car and burst in flames. Two hours later, Macias delivered a 6-pound, 8-ounce girl at a hospital.Anzelma Sanchez-Sianez, 17, who was riding in the same car, is suing Campbell and Turner for negligence. Her lawyer, Paul Jay Bershin, filed suit Oct. 4.
Turner was served with the legal papers Thursday as he was going to the Police Academy to be honored with a Medal of Valor.
The suit names two other people: Gloria McNeal, whose car hit the overturned car, then allegedly careened into Sanchez-Sianez as she was sitting dazed against the center divider; and Macias' husband, Ricardo, who was driving the car when it overturned on the San Diego Freeway.
"I still can't believe this is happening," Campbell said. "I was trying to save lives."
"If Campbell had not stopped and been a good citizen, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind all those people would have perished," said Turner, a 20-year veteran of the police department.
The suit claims Turner, who was en route to work when he saw the early morning accident, was negligent in "failing to set up flares or warnings to oncoming motorists to indicate that an accident had occurred."