Carvana gifts car to Phoenix driver in viral crash


Courtesy: Carvana

PHOENIX- A driver with good timing saved three lives, now Carvana is replacing her wrecked car. In October, the City of Phoenix Police Department released video of a crash at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road. The video shows a Chevy Cruz intercepting a Jeep as it drove through a red light, narrowly missing a family of pedestrians.

Shanon Vivar’s 2015 Chevy Cruz was wrecked by the accident, fortunately no one was seriously injured. Over a million people viewed the viral video including staff from Tempe-based company Carvana, an internet-based car dealer. Now, they’re replacing Vivar’s demolished vehicle with a new 2018 Chevy Cruz.

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

Amy O’Hara, Carvana Associate Director of Communications
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

Carvana also gifted Vivar a new booster seat for her 3-year-old son who was in the car at the time of the crash, and passes to Disneyland for her family.


In a press conference following the crash on Oct. 24, Vivar, hailed a hero by the City of Phoenix Police Department, shared her thoughts on the incident.

“I don’t really think I’m a hero. I kind of think it was meant to happen.”

Shannon Vivar, Chevy Cruz driver

Carvana says it was a pleasure meeting Vivar and an honor to get her back in a vehicle.

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