A true hero, no questions about it. The driver of the blazer deserves to be locked away without the possibility of getting out. To sit there and think about the 3 lives she took because of a stupid decision.
No offense meant, but "Wood slammed on the brakes and turned a sharp right so that the oncoming car would slam into the driver's side of the vehicle."
Are we sure that he did that "so that the car would slam into the driver's side" of the vehicle, or did he do that to try to avoid the accident? I think the guy is a hero, but there is no need to alter the events to make him a bigger hero. If a car was comming straight towards me, I'd hit the brakes and turn right also (aiming for the shoulder of the road), regardless of who was where in my car. I'd have zero time to think about how to mitigate the damage, hurt or protect specific people in the car etc. I certainly don't know if getting T'd is "safer" than head on collisions for anyone in the car.
@bounty: I'm pretty sure he had the reflexes considering he was a gamer. Studies have proven that gamers in general have about 40% faster/better reflexes than non-games. And by gamers I mean those that play FPS, not so much RTS. See: http/arstechnica.com/old/content/2003/05/243.ars
It's not completely impossible he took these calculated actions.
Now why isn't this story on any major news sites in the U.S.? Oh, because gamers are all bad and will cause the downfall of the universe.
This type of story can easily counter all of the negative press that gamers get.
Brian Wood, RIP. Erin ~ best thoughts and hopes out to you and your future child.