You would have thought it was Moses parting the Red Sea, but no. It was Alonzo Mourning, former Miami Heat center, who stopped traffic for a moment on busy U.S. 1 near Bird Road in Miami, shortly before noon Friday.
Mourning, driving a newer black SUV, jumped out of his vehicle to help a disabled person cross the road.
Mourning's vehicle had been sitting in traffic on the right lane, when he spotted a disabled person sitting in a motorized wheelchair along the curb. Mourning jumped out of his SUV, stood in the road and stopped traffic by raising his long arms, while the wheelchair-bound pedestrian made it to the median. Then, the seven-time NBA All-Star who was wearing a white dress shirt and tie with slacks, immediately went to the southbound lanes and raised his arms to command stunned drivers to stop. All traffic movement instantly stopped, and the wheelchair safely made it to the other side.
After making sure the citizen was safe on the other side of the road, Mourning lowered his arms and headed to his SUV to the sound of cheering fans, who recognized the 6-foot-10 temporary crossing guard. Mourning modestly acknowledged the cheers with a wave of his hand and ducked back into his SUV.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times