O’Neil is an 18-month-old Labrador Retriever who’s currently in training with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Last week, he was out for a walk with two trainers — one of whom was blindfolded to assess his competence as a guide dog – when he saved them all from being hit by an out-of-control driver.
In the video below, you can see O’Neil, along with trainers Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado (who’s blindfolded), walking down the sidewalk when suddenly, O’Neil turns and looks behind them. Jurek turns to see what he’s looking at and sees a car speeding at them in reverse just in time to hustle O’Neil and the blindfolded Alvarado out of its path.
My question after watching this video was, Why the heck was there a car speeding backwards down a city sidewalk?
Allegedly, the driver of the vehicle was an elderly woman, though reports say she wasn’t intoxicated nor having a medical emergency. San Rafael police sergeant Raul Aguilar says police think the woman accidentally put the car in reverse, and the angle of the wheels got her up on the sidewalk. How she managed to keep flooring the gas and fit her car so perfectly between the building and that ledge which is the subway entrance? I have no idea.
No matter. Thanks to O’Neil and Jurek’s quick thinking, no one was injured. And presumably, O’Neil will pass his guide dog test with flying colors.