"It was raining really hard. Lots of water," recalled Tineisha Mallory, a customer service associate located in Orange Park, Florida.

It was a Friday afternoon in early June. A thunderstorm had rolled in, making Tineisha's commute from work more challenging than normal.

As Tineisha approached an interchange, the car in front of her began to hydroplane.

"I just started screaming!" said Tineisha.

The driver of the car in front of her suddenly lost all control. The car left the road, hit a concrete barrier, flipped over multiple times and struck a tree.


"I got out of my car and just ran downhill," said Tineisha. "When I got there, smoke was coming from under the hood. I asked the driver if she was OK because I couldn't see through the smoke. She said 'No, I'm stuck.'"

Because of the tree, the driver's side door wouldn't open. Tineisha and another motorist managed to pull the driver from her vehicle through the passenger door.

They brought her to Tineisha's car and called 911.

"She lay down in the back of my car," continued Tineisha. "Glass was everywhere and her knees were bleeding. She had also hit her head on the steering wheel. She started saying she needed something out of the car. So, I said a little prayer… I was scared because the car was still smoking and I didn't know if it was going to explode. But I ran track in college … so I ran down the hill to the car and grabbed whatever I could see … her purse, insurance card – and an AT&T ID."

That's right. The driver of the damaged vehicle was Aunjilee Phillips, a new AT&T employee training to provide DSL technical support.

Another perspective

"I was leaving work and it was raining," said Aunjilee. "As I was entering the ramp … going around 30 miles per hour … my tires went out and I started hydroplaning. I tried to keep my car straight, but it slid to the left and hit a cement barrier. That's when I began to flip."

Aunjilee's vehicle went over the edge and, as she recalls, went airborne 30 feet and rolled at least 3 times. She believes she would have rolled more if it weren't for the tree.

"Once my car stopped, I could hear voices," continued Aunjilee. "I heard a woman say the car was smoking."

"She was talking to me … asking me if I was OK," said Aunjilee. "She asked me if she could pray with me and I said 'yes.' She stayed with me until the emergency people came."

Aunjilee was transported to a local hospital to get checked out. While there, a Florida state trooper arrived seeking to find out more about the accident.

"When the state trooper showed up, he said when he saw my car, he was certain there had been a fatality," said Aunjilee. "I honestly thought I was going to die."


Aunjilee Phillips and Tineisha Mallory

One AT&T

Despite working a floor apart in the same building, Aunjilee and Tineisha had never met before the accident.

"We've bumped into each other a couple of times since," said Tineisha. "And every time, she says thank you. I tell her she can stop thanking me. I just did what anyone else would do … or should do."