Man gets seatbelt ticket, survives crash

May 27, 2008 2:19:58 PM PDT
A police officer in Illinois is being called a guardian angel for stopping a driver who wasn't wearing his seat belt. After he got the ticket, and buckled up, the man's SUV was broadsided. But he was strapped in and is lucky to be alive. It was 5:30 in the morning, and Tim Ignasiak was five minutes into his drive to work when he saw the police car and the flashing lights.

"I knew I was busted," he said. "There was no way of getting out of it."

And there wasn't.

Tim's day started with $25 ticket for failure to wear his seatbelt. A half hour later, his bad day would get even worse.

"I pulled through the intersection, and a green car came out of nowhere and hit me," he said. "Pushed me right around, turned my car right around...the fear and everything just rushes to your head. I thought I was gone. I couldn't feel anything."

Tim's jeep was smashed.

But he walked away with out a scratch. That's what got him thinking about that $25 ticket and Terry Murphy, the officer who wrote it.

"It definitely saved my life," Tim said. "He's the guardian angel...I was very happy with the results."

So was Tim's wife. She actually phoned police to say thanks.

As for the ticket? Tim says it was the best $25 he's ever spent.