Off Course Heroics for Esteban Toledo

Off Course Heroics for Esteban Toledo 1Journeyman Esteban Toledo might have some additional perspective on golf and life. This past week Toledo placed 21st in the Mexico Open, a Nationwide Tour event played in his homeland.

But it was the events of January 28 that Esteban can’t get out of his mind. Toledo was riding in a hired car on the Pomona Freeway in the Los Angeles area when the vehicle in front of him lost control, rolled and came to rest upside down in the fast lane.

The driver of Toledo’s car parked in front of the wrecked vehicle and the two men pulled two young women, sisters, from the wreckage and attended to them until paramedics arrived on the scene. One was bleeding and unable to speak. Both were released from the hospital the following day.

“I thought the car might explode,” the 45-year-old Toledo was quoted as saying.

“I have a family. I wasn’t sure what to do, but God spoke to me. I still have a hard time getting the images out of my mind, but I feel good about what I did. I know God put me there for a reason.”

The Armchair Golfer


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Neil Sagebiel

3 thoughts on “Off Course Heroics for Esteban Toledo”

  1. This is a great story. I love to hear about people who do the right thing under duress. I think that a lot of credit has to go out to the driver for pulling over to help right away; you wonder how many other just drove on by.

  2. Great story. You certianly learn a lot about ones character in such moments where you operate on pure instinct. While it might not be fair to generalize, I’ve always thought that journeymen athletes on the whole are more complete humans because they do’t take their work for granted.

    Thanks again for sharing this story.


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