Zimmerman and another man helped family to safety after SUV rollover, deputies say.
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
6:40 p.m. EDT, July 24, 2013

George Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara told reporters Wednesday that a family Zimmerman helped rescue from an SUV crash in Seminole County last week backed out of a planned news conference due to concerns about being linked to the controversial former defendant.

Mark Gerstle, who was driving the Ford Explorer when it overturned about 5:45 p.m. July 17, had planned to speak to reporters but changed his mind because he and his family became nervous about being in the spotlight, O’Mara said.

“I think what happened with them today was they were very worried, and I think they were advised by family and friends that they really shouldn’t get involved with anything to do with George Zimmerman…and that’s really sad,” O’Mara said.

“They can’t even say that George did something good for them because people out there believe he’s so toxic even though he’s been acquitted,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara urged reporters to give the Gerstle family privacy.

Gerstle’s wife and two children were in the vehicle when he lost control on a State Road 417 offramp, veered off the road and flipped on one side.

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