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A A truck driver who used his tractor-trailer to stop a suspected fugitive murderer said his insurance claim was denied, leaving him in dire financial straits.
The incident occurred on the evening of April 6 in Southern California, after police began prosecuting Michael Caleb Reed, 35, on charges of shooting and killing a man at an Oildale home March 28.
Reed led the police in a high-speed chase for more than two hours, until truck driver Ahmed Shaaban noticed what was going on and decided to take matters into his own hands.
âI just thought I was blocking the intersection so he couldn’t pass. I didn’t think he would shoot his truck like he did. â¦ He hit me pretty hard, âShaaban said.
Since then, Shaaban has filed a claim for $ 22,000 with his insurance company to pay for truck repairs., but the company said it would not pay for the damages. According to a letter from the company, Shaaban’s actions were “deliberate,” so the company “must deny any responsibility for the loss,” KY3 News reported.
âI saw what happened and I made the decision to stop, because if I hadn’t, this person could have killed someone,â Shaaban said.
âEither way, I know I did the right thing,â he continued. âI don’t regret my decision.
Still, Shaaban said the now destroyed truck is his only source of income and his bills are piling up. Fortunately, his community has already set up a GoFundMe to help pay the bills until Shaaban is able to get his truck repaired.
âIt’s very hard and very fast for me,â he said. “I’m kinda stuck here.”
Since GoFundMe launched last month, the page has already raised nearly $ 90,000 for the cause.