Stranger saves woman being dragged across parking lot

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A man who helped a woman being dragged across a convenience store parking lot last week while others watched said he is not the true hero.

DeJuan Jernigan said he saw Courtney Coleman, 22, being dragged by a man in the 600 block of Highway 66 around 7 p.m. Wednesday. And he wasn’t the only one.

“Everybody driving by, sitting at I-40, pulling in–I mean, everybody could see what was happening,” Jernigan said.

When asked why he stopped, Jernigan said “Somebody had to stop. I had to get in and stop her from getting in that car.”

Jernigan said his quick-thinking plan was to use his truck as a diversion.

“I think it shocked him when I slammed my brakes on my truck up next to him–enough for him to let go of her. I got between him and her, and the police were immediately on scene,” Jernigan said.

But Jernigan said it’s the victim who’s the hero, not him.

“She was the one fighting back. If she hadn’t fought back, I could have never gotten in here to help her,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan said he wished more people would have stopped to help. In fact, the only reason Jernigan was in the area at the time was that he was running late from work.

“I don’t believe in chance or luck. I believe God puts us in a particular place for a reason,” Jernigan said.

Devon Martin, 22, has been charged with assaulting Coleman, his girlfriend. He is also charged with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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