- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The family George Zimmerman helped rescue last week after a rollover crash in Sanford, Fla., canceled a news conference Wednesday in which they had planned to talk about the accident.

Mark and Dana Gerstle planned to speak at the Orlando law office of Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, but a spokesman said they suddenly changed their minds.

Reports Tuesday revealed the couple told friends that though they’re thankful Mr. Zimmerman helped them, they do not want to talk publicly about him for fear they will be accused of portraying him as a hero.

“They are very grateful to Zimmerman for what he did, but they do not want to get involved,” a friend, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Mail. “There is so much hatred directed towards him they have got to think about their own family. There are a lot of crazies out there. If they say anything in support of him it could backfire.”

Mr. Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the Gerstles’ aid and their two children, aged 4 and 8, trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford Thursday evening, less than a mile from where the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin occurred.

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