Good Samaritan Lends A Helping Hand After Hit And Run

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) One young man is dead and another is in jail following Saturday's hit and run accident on I-140.

Knoxville police say 20-year old Gabriel Cordova de la Rosa rammed his Chevy Blazer into a Kia driven by 32-year old Justin Smith sending it over an embankment.

Police say de la Rosa then drove away from the scene, but a concerned citizen followed and held him until police arrived.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman caught up with that good samaritan this afternoon.

Greg Lundy told me he did what anyone else would have.

He's just a bit more trained to do it than most of us.

"He's truly a good Samaritan, and I thank him."

Greg Lundy says he's no hero even though he tracked down a hit and run driver.

"I guess it's probably a mile and a half down here, and I started seeing this oil trail. And there was a maroon vehicle up against the guard rail. I couldn't see the damage to it till I got out."

And approached the driver.

Lundy says, "I asked him if he'd been in an accident, and he started cursing at me and told me to get away from him."

That's when the private investigator detained Gabriel Cordova De La Rosa.

"He was trying to fight me the whole time and he kept trying to reach into his backpack."

And until police arrived.

Lundy continues, "you know. I didn't want to draw a weapon on him, but I had to at that point, because I didn't know what he had. And I didn't know what he was going to do."

Greg never knew Justin Smith, a young father of one that his family says had turned his life around.

Sharon Underwood is Justin's aunt and says, "Justin had a checkered past. He wasn't always the kid he turned out to be."

Sharon says he was making a difference.

"Was in church working speaking to youth groups and really on the right track."

And he loved his eight-year old daughter Jayden.
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"Oh, that was all that he thought about."

In fact, Justin had just left work and was on his way to pick up Jayden when the accident happened and Greg Lundy stopped to help.

Sharon adds, "I'd call him a hero, at least he's a hero in our family."

Justin Smith's family will receive friends tomorrow at Weaver's Funeral Home on Western Avenue from 5:00 till 7:00 with the funeral at 7:00.

Burial will be Wednesday at 11:00 at Ball Camp Cemetery.

Donations to the Justin Smith fund may be made at any Y-12 Federal Credit Union Location.

De la Rosa remains in jail on a $20,000 dollar bond.


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  • by kurt Location: sevierville on Feb 21, 2009 at 02:00 AM
    greg if you are reading this I saw your daughter today and she is thirteen years old and she looks just like you. You need to get ahold of Christina, so you can see your daughter. It is time to step up and take responsibility. Your son needs to meet his new sister. I can't believe you have never seen her yet. What is going on with you , this is not like you.
  • by RICK Location: KNOX on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HE GOT OFF SO EASY WITH A 20,000 BOND. I'M SURE ONE OF HIS PEOPLE WILL COME UP WITH THE MONEY AND GET HIM OUT AND HE COULD GO BACK TO MEXICO AND NEVER HAVE A TRIAL BECAUSE HE WANT EVER BE SEEN BECAUSE HE COULD GO DOWN THERE AND HIDE NO BODY WILL GO FIND HIM I THINK THE BOND SHOULD BE MUCH LARGER. HE DID KILL SOMEBODY AND LEFTED THE SCENE.AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY MR. LUNDY WAS LIKE A GUARDIAN ANGEL TO COME TO TJE RESCUE TO CATCH THE CRIMNAL.GOD BLESS THE LUNDY FAMILY AND THE SMITH FAMILY
  • by FRIEND Location: KNOX on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I THINK HE DESERVES SOMETHING HE DONE A REAL GOOD JOB AND NO BODY ASK HIM TO HE HAS A REAL GOOD HEART. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. AND THE FAMILY OF JUSTIN SMITH
  • by Chris on Oct 16, 2007 at 05:34 AM
    Good job Mr. Lundy. We need to reactivate the Neighborhood watch. Look out for our neighbors,friends and families. All it takes is one person stepping up and doing his part to help the whole community. Thanks to folks like Mr. Lundy
  • by baaba Location: knoxville on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:42 AM
    "If I don't defend myself, then who will? But, if I defend only myself, then what am I? If not now, then when? Golda Mier Greg Lundy is a Hero!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Kurt Location: gatlinburg,tn on Oct 15, 2007 at 10:31 PM
    I use to work with Greg Lundy and he is a great person. What he did is something he would do every day of his life if needed. He is a stand-up guy and I think people ought to look at him and realize this it what it takes to make our country a better and safer place to live. Just imagine if he wasn't there. Would someone else have done the same thing? Let's all pull together and get this country headed in the right direction and help those who need it. Don't let our freedom and our pursuit of happiness be destroyed by criminals who have no care of their actions against us. God bless us all.
  • by Channel 8 Location: Knox on Oct 15, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    Only a 20,000 bond hmm that's weird. How could a person not here legally be allowed a bond? Maybe that's another story. the low or "no bonds". Thanks Mr. Lundy, you're a true hero.

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