Four days after he was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman emerged from seclusion for the first time to help rescue a family that had been trapped in an overturned SUV.
Zimmerman, 29, has been out of the public eye since jurors acquitted him of all charges stemming from the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Martin. But he went outside in what has been his first public appearance since the acquittal, to help a family in a car that had flipped over Wednesday, according to CNN.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in a released statement to USA Today that police responded to the crash at about 5:45 p.m. in Sanford, Fla., not far from where Zimmerman shot Martin.
The family's car, a blue Ford Explorer, had reportedly run off the road and rolled over while two adults and two children were inside. The SUV crashed at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Fla. Route 46, which is less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin, according to ABC News.
When police arrived, Zimmerman and another man had already helped the family get out of the car and no one was reported to be injured.
"Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy," the statement said, according to USA Today.
The "not guilty" verdict from the all-female jury on July 13 sparked outrage among those who supported Martin. Zimmerman's parents told ABC News that their family has received an "enormous amount of death threats" since the jury announced its verdict.
Still, the majority of protests remained peaceful, although some turned into violent riots, as in Oakland, Calif.
While Zimmerman never invoked Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law as his defense, his acquittal has re-ignited a debate about the law, which allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves if they feel threatened.
Martin's supporters have gathered across the nation, making several demands, including filing civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Some rallied to call on the state to repeal the "Stand Your Ground" laws, and senators announced last week that they would take a "careful" look at the laws, which are in place in 21 other states.