July 28, 2006

Arizona man lifts car off trapped cyclist

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A hefty bystander at a road
accident in southern Arizona heaved a car clean off a trapped
teenage cyclist, possibly saving his life, police said on

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Holtrust was struck by a car as he
pedaled along a Tucson highway late on Wednesday and pinned
beneath it, city police said.

Tucson paintshop worker Tom Boyle grabbed the Chevrolet
Camaro car and lifted it, allowing the driver to haul the
injured cyclist clear.

"He lifted that side of the car completely off the ground,"
police spokesman Frank Amado told Reuters by telephone.

Amado said Holtrust was being treated in hospital, and was
expected to make a full recovery.

Local media said Boyle is 6 feet four inches tall and
weighs 300 pounds (136 kg).

"It was outstanding," Amado said. "It is quite unusual to
have that strength."