DART Bus Operator Zulita Walker is being praised after she followed her gut instinct while seeing a car stopped at the highest point of Dallas’ High Five Interchange.
Walker had just completed her route and was heading back to the East Dallas garage around 1 a.m. on September 30 when she saw a car pulled over on the High Five. She thought it was someone with car trouble, so she stopped to see if she could help. Behind the car’s flashing lights was a 21-year-old sad and distressed young man sitting on the High Five’s ledge.
Walker exited the bus and asked him if everything was OK. After alerting another motorist to call for help, she invited him onto her bus to talk. With tears steaming down his face, he confided to Walker that he didn’t think anyone cared about him.
“I told him, ‘If I didn’t care I wouldn’t have stopped,'” said Walker.
Walker, a nine-year DART employee who has a 25-year-old son of her own, talked to the man about how devastated his mom would be if she woke up the next day without him around. She even offered to drive him home to Rowlett.
Dallas Police arrived at the scene and took the man to get some help, but not before Walker gave him a big hug and told him that she loves him and hopes to see him again.
Reflecting on the situation, Walker just want to remind everyone, “go that extra mile, even if you don’t feel like it.” In this case, it potentially saved a life.