Sonora, CA — Thanks to wearing a seat belt, Sonora´s Bill Schuler is alive to enjoy another day after his single vehicle accident.
Early Tuesday afternoon the former president of the Tuolumne County Board of Realtors was headed eastbound on Hwy 108 in his 1992 Ford Explorer when he attempted to make a right hand turn onto Via Este. His brakes locked and the car headed straight into a ravine approximately 20-25 feet below street level.
21 year old Jeff Hike of Sonora jumped into the ravine, kicked in the back window, cut the seatbelt with his pocket knife and led Schuler to safety.
While the car suffered major damage, Schuler had only a scratch on his right elbow and some back pain to show for an incident that could have taken his life were it not for his seatbelt.
Written by Bill Johnson