On July 8, 2012 Louisiana resident Alan Fanning along with his family noticed an SUV traveling north from Seminary to Collins on Highway 49 in the southbound lane and decided to capture the entire thing.
"I just knew it was fixing to be a bad wreck and I didn't want to see it, but I knew when it happened I was going to be there, you know, I just did what I had to do," said Fanning.
"The vehicle driving north in the southbound lane was a male driver and the other vehicle that was hit was a female," said Collins Police Major of Operations Joseph Ponder. "The female was taken to the emergency room where she received medical attention and was discharged, the male driver he had several injuries. He was just disoriented at the time and he was charged with reckless driving and dui other.
After assisting those involved in the accident, that same day Fanning posted the video on YouTube, but he never imagined how many hits it would receive.
"It got over a million within probably three days," said Fanning.
Fanning along with the Collins Police Department were receiving non-stop calls from several networks and newspapers.
"We did get some attention, more than we thought we would you know especially on an accident," said Ponder.
Though more than a year and a half later, Fanning said he is still receiving calls about the video.
"I get a phone call probably once a month about it," said Fanning.
Fanning said one of the most recent calls came from CNN's program Anderson Cooper 360.
"They tried to get me to come to California and do a deal on it, but I'm not interested in all that fame or anything," said Fanning. "Some people just dream of stuff like that and I just I don't want it, I don't need it, I'm satisfied with my life."
For now fanning continues his life as a volunteer firefighter, he said he does receive threats on YouTube to take down the video, but he simply ignores the comments. For the record he said the camera was on the dash the entire time until, of course, the very end.
"I just never encountered anything like that since then or before then," said Fanning. "I mean I would record it if I did, I would try, I would attempt to."
"Out of my years of law enforcement I've never seen a video like that you know so it was pretty amazing," said Ponder.
Although the video was helpful to Collins Police, they encourage everyone to avoid driving and recording.
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