Driver Runs SUV Into Car To Save Strangers Near Race

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota man is being called a hero for risking his safety to save dozens of strangers at Sunday’s Race for the Cure.

Jim Glover made a quick decision when he purposefully drove his wife’s SUV into an out-of-control car near the Mall of America.

“It all happened pretty fast. I did what I thought was right,” Glover said.

His actions may have saved lives. About 50 yards away from the crash, thousands of Race for the Cure participants were standing.

Moments before the crash, Glover and his wife were driving on the Killebrew Drive exit when they noticed a 91-year-old woman driving erratically.

“I knew something was wrong,” Glover said.

Glover’s Wife, Satomi Glover, said, “”[The woman] hit the guardrails several times.”

Glover said the woman was driving around 30 miles per hour, and it was clear she wasn’t going to stop. So he sped ahead and drove the SUV he was driving into her car.

“I thought if I didn’t do anything and she went through the intersection and took out people, I really couldn’t live with myself after that,” Glover said.

The Bloomington Police commander said that Glover’s quick thinking saved the day.

The woman Glover drove into was taken to the hospital. However, no information has been released on her condition or on what caused her to drive erratically.

In the crash, Glover’s wife’s SUV received an estimated $6,000 worth of damage.

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  • Nick

    I sure hope this isn’t the same 91 year old woman who hit those city workers in St. Paul last week.

  • Peggy Brennan

    You are definitely a hero! Thanks to your quick thinking & willingness to take action despite the personal property damage you would incur, a huge tragedy was averted.

  • red

    a 91 yr old should not be driving

  • Lydia

    ya i dont think the 91 yr old woman should have been driving eather

  • jeff

    Good work dude. Hope your insurance company realized thou saved them money.

  • Ferris Lind

    if 91 year old shouldn’t drive . a 16 year old shouldn’t either

    • Sophia

      I couldn’t agree mre! I did not let any of my sons learn to drive until they were 18 and had proven themselves by paying attention to details I insisted upon first … i.e. if you start cooking something … staying with it and not wandering off to do something else and forgetting you have something on the stove … for example …

  • hmm

    Too bad his insurance company will not feel the same.

  • dumb dumber

    Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose.

    • Jason Ryan Windon

      dumb and dumber

  • j

    I’m surprised that H3 he was driving didn’t get curled up into a little, yellow ball while doing that. Good job though anyways!!

  • red

    Hey Ferris, I agree with you that a 16 year old should not be driiving. they are not quite mature or responsible and think they are hot sh– when they get behind wheel

    • Tonya

      @ Red, how old were you when you first started driving? 16 year olds driving has nothing to do with this story. Stick with the topic.

      • Cynthia

        Tonya: ANYONE driving who is a hazard is exactly what this story is about. The statistics on teen drivers and the very old are disastrous and horrible. Too many states allow you to drive without any follow-up driving test, only requiring you to pass an eyesight test. We should all have to have tests that assess our cognitive, reaction and other skills every couple years. My own 83 year old father, who is blind in one eye and has reduced peripheral vision in the other eye, has actually passed the eye test! His response skills are greatly reduced, also, but the State of AZ renewed his license and there is nothing we can do legally to keep him from driving. Teen drivers don’t wear seatbelts, take too many risks…they think they are immortal, are responsible for more accidents and deaths than any other group.

    • retphxfire

      We could take some lessons from other countries. We lived in Scotland for a couple years. Teen drivers have to have a placard with an L *D in Wales) on their cars as a warning, their also aren’t allowed to get their provisional license until they are 17, not sixteen. They also have restrictions on drivers over 70.

  • LMJ

    I happened to catch most of the crash as I was in that parking lot where the interview was. What he did makes him a hero in my books. There was a steady stream of walkers and someone more than likely would have been hurt or worse. He did the right thing and I hope his insurance company knows that. I also hope that little lady is ok, as well as the people in the other car. Job well done!! LMJ

  • K

    If 91 is too old, what should the age cutoff be? And how will those people get around?

  • Joe

    You see just as many people on the news who get into accidents who aren’t 90 or 16 years old. If the old and young can’t drive then no1 should be able to. The media are the ones who makes it look like the young and old are terrible drivers. Even if you get your license when your 16,18 or even 21, they are going to be inexperience at whatever age they receive it.

  • dee

    I think after a certain age, there should be a yearly test you have to take and a written Dr. OK to be able to drive. 16 year olds do take and pass a driving test and are educated at least on safe driving. Everyone has to start somewhere. If they screw up then the privilege should be taken away. Also Parents should be sure their child is mature enough and responsible to drive.
    But, It really should also be up to families to determine if any loved one is ok to drive, there are medical conditions at any age that can affect the ability to drive safely, epilepsy, diabetes w/ loss of feeling in legs, sleep disorders, drug interactions/side effects, etc… Please if you think someone in your family should NOT be driving, intervene & get them the help they need. Good Job to the quick thinking Man!

  • G

    If someone passes the tests required for a license then they are qualified to drive. Should older people be tested more often, possibly.

    I’m just guessing that this lady either had a heart attack, storke or a seizure. If that is the case, no one anywhere can predict when those things will strike.

    Things like that can happen at any age and at any time.

    What about all those high school kids that died during football practice because of undetected heart issues?

    I know of a pilot that was flying and he had a grand maul seizure. This was for a major airline a few years ago. Remember commercial airline pilots are required to get a physical every 6 months. The copilot landed, a flight attendant ended up with a sore/sprained ankle, because when the seizure occured the captains body went rigid and he kicked the right rudder pedal causing the tail end of the plane to jerk suddenly.
    How do I know this as I was the aircraft dispatcher on duty and that was my flight that I was responsible for

    What I am trying to say is that your body is a machine, and just like any machine it will were out and eventually break. The problem is no matter how well you maintain it, you don’t know when it is going to break.

    Kudos to the other driver for stopping a bad situation turning into a really bad one.

  • nancy

    age should not be a factor in weather you can drive a car/
    but there shoukd be standardized testing facilities set up so that kids between 16 and 19 could be forced to go to every 6 months and requlifiy to keep their license and people over 40 should have to do the same.. if you cant past the written / driveing and drug test you should not have a license. ………

    • deal-w-it

      Don’t you understand people 16 and 18 and 24 year olds can drive, its that their not as responsible so they make foolish decisions, its not like they forget which way to turn the wheel, any1 at any age can not pay attention or drink and drive or talk on their phone. What would retaking an exam every 6 months change about that, geez get a clue.

  • Rosetta and Jeff Glover

    Good Job Jim

  • Craig Anderson

    Good reaction to a potentially horrible situation. Makes me proud of a fellow Plentywood, MT native! Craig and Debbie Anderson

  • Joe Obvious

    Really?? All these comments about driving age and not one single one about a possible health related issue such as diabeties, stroke, heart, or seizure. Any of these can affect anyone of driving age. I’ve seen the same issue with low blood sugar in many motor vehicle crashes.



  • Chalie Braunr

    Satomi – You deserve some of the credit . Do you suppose Jim would have sacrificed his own Truck? Three cheers for Satomi !


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