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Strangers help buy Inkster man a car after his was totaled in crash

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 22:47:59-04

INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) — It was a worst-case scenario for Mike Kurti; a sudden car crash on his way to work.

It happened Wednesday morning on Ford Road when a driver stopped suddenly in front of him. The car he had just paid off with his tax return, was totaled.

“My airbags went off, they broke both windows," he told 7 Action News.

Kurti works as a janitor for a transportation company in Detroit; he relies on his car to commute from Inkster every day, and also to care of his older brother who has health issues.

Amal Essa was driving right behind him when the crash happened.

“When I ran up to him to check on him, he was in shock and he was tearing up. His main concern was the car.”

Kurti was worried he'd lose his job if wasn't able to find a ride every day.

Essa offered to drive him home from the crash. After learning more about him, she did even more; she started a Go Fund Me page and raised $900 to help Kurti buy a new vehicle.

Friday afternoon, he thought he was stopping by Luxury Auto Group to talk about a deal on a new lease.

Instead — he got the keys to a used car, fully paid for.

“We like to help out. Especially in these kind of cases," said Mike Ghandour, president of Luxury Auto Group.

Ghandour pitched in to pay for the rest of the used car, which he and Essa presented Kurti with Friday.

“Never has anybody do anything like this for me," Kurti told 7 Action News.

Essa said she felt compelled to help when she realized how distressed Kurti was.

“Just do good for people and you’ll get good in return," she said.