Connecticut Man Rescues Girls From Burning Car

Police credit a 20-year-old Winsted man with saving the lives of two women who were trapped in a burning car Sunday morning.


BURLINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Police credit a 20-year-old Winsted man with saving the lives of two women who were trapped in a burning car Sunday morning.

Phillip Goulet, 20, suffered second-degree burns to his arms pulling the women out of the car. He then drove them to a hospital for treatment.

Goulet was driving home from a friends house at about 3 a.m. Sunday when he noticed what he thought was a bonfire on the side of the road. As he approached the fire, Goulet said he realized it was a car on fire and there were two young women trapped inside of the vehicle.

``I saw both of them inside the car screaming and they both had pretty bad cuts on their heads,'' Goulet told The Register Citizen of Torrington.

The car had burst into flames after smashing into a tree while traveling along Nepaug Road.

The car was driven by Kimberly Kaminski, 21, of New Hartford and her passenger was Amanda Barry, 18, state police said.

Goulet said he pulled one victim out of the passenger side window and freed the driver who was wedged in between the steering wheel and the seat.

Goulet said he decided to take the victims in his car to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, because he couldn't get a signal on his cellular telephone and it would have taken longer to drive to a pay phone to notify authorities.

The two women were hospitalized with broken bones, multiple cuts to the forehead and burns, state police and family members said. Their conditions were not available Monday. Kimberly's 14-year-old sister, Kate, said her sister was expected to be in the hospital for about a week.

``They are going to be fine, but they were pretty banged up,'' she said.

Goulet, an Eagle Scout, said his Boy Scout and first aid training helped him deal with the accident.