Good Samaritans rescue couple from burning car

Good Samaritans rescue couple from burning car

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro couple with plans to get married soon say it’s a miracle they’re still alive after they manage to escape their burning car after being hit by a car.

In a few months, Sophie Newsome and Austin Markos will tie the knot. Now the two are without their car after a person crashed into it before running away from the crime scene

“I also had my wedding dress picked out that day, so that made it a little crazy,” Newsome said.

Preparations for their wedding in September are in full swing. But the couple say an accident on Saturday night canceled almost everything.

“I literally thought we were going to die for a second. When I look back on it, it seems like it all happened so fast, but right now it just felt like it could go on forever. And I just thought it would she did. When is this going to end? We were twisting and flipping so much,” Newsome said.

The two MTSU students were driving on I-24 at Sam Ridley Parkway around 9 p.m. when they heard a loud bang.

“Before you know we start to lose control, we turned a few times, we turned maybe once or twice more than that. I don’t know, because of course I didn’t count,” said Markos.

The couple is still looking for answers about what happened.

So far they said, all they know is what witnesses tell them, a black Dodge charger swerved between lanes and caused the two-vehicle accident.

“It was pure recklessness as far as the motive behind it was whether it was people racing against each other, it’s unknown,” Markos said.

If it wasn’t for the quick actions of Good Samaritans that helped them get out of the car, Markos said the crash could have been more tragic.

“I would say that less than a minute after we got out the car went up in flames,” he said.

While the couple is incredibly grateful to be safe, they are hoping someone will come forward with information.

“You’re looking at two college students trying to get their lives on track, trying to graduate, trying to get a house. Something like that can put anyone in a hole, let alone two college students trying to make ends meet,” Markos said.

Family and friends are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.

Marko and Newsome lost their phones and laptops in the car fire. They have set up a GoFundMe to cover the costs of medical bills. If you would like to help, please visit their GoFundMe page

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