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Police: Zimmerman helps family in overturned SUV

FILE - In this file image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Officials say Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2013 that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped SUV.(AP Photo/TV Pool, File)

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By Orlando Sentinel
Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:39 p.m.

ORLANDO — George Zimmerman, the man recently acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV last week, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

According to sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith, deputies were called to the crash about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

A Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle had gone off the road and rolled over in the area of Interstate 4 and State Road 46, with two children and their parents inside, Smith said.

By the time a deputy arrived, Zimmerman and an unidentified man “had already helped assist the family by getting them out of the overturned vehicle,” Smith said.

“Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy,” Smith said in a email. “There were no report of injuries to the vehicle occupants.”

The sheriff's office did not release any other details.

Zimmerman remains in hiding, as he had been while awaiting trial.

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