Carvana gifts car to Phoenix driver in viral crash


Courtesy: Carvana

PHOENIX- A driver with good timing saved three lives, now Carvana is replacing her wrecked car. In October, the City of Phoenix Police Department released video of a crash at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road. The video shows a Chevy Cruz intercepting a Jeep as it drove through a red light, narrowly missing a family of pedestrians.

Shanon Vivar’s 2015 Chevy Cruz was wrecked by the accident, fortunately no one was seriously injured. Over a million people viewed the viral video including staff from Tempe-based company Carvana, an internet-based car dealer. Now, they’re replacing Vivar’s demolished vehicle with a new 2018 Chevy Cruz.

“When we saw the video footage from the accident, we immediately wanted to help Shannon out.”

Amy O’Hara, Carvana Associate Director of Communications

Carvana also gifted Vivar a new booster seat for her 3-year-old son who was in the car at the time of the crash, and passes to Disneyland for her family.


In a press conference following the crash on Oct. 24, Vivar, hailed a hero by the City of Phoenix Police Department, shared her thoughts on the incident.

“I don’t really think I’m a hero. I kind of think it was meant to happen.”

Shannon Vivar, Chevy Cruz driver

Carvana says it was a pleasure meeting Vivar and an honor to get her back in a vehicle.

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