07/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Kindness Of Stangers: Community Chips In To Help Pizza Guy Replace Stolen Car

Last week, as pizza delivery driver Steve Walker was heading to an apartment building in a Chicago neighborhood with an order to deliver, he was robbed and brutally beaten by two men, who dragged him across the asphalt of the road. Walker was left with severe contusions and road rash, and, even worse, his car was stolen and totaled. His auto insurance policy didn't cover theft, and he couldn't afford to buy a new one.

Walker had worked for Papa John's pizza for 16 years, and relied on his car to do his job. Without a working car, he would have no way to support himself. Luckily, Omar Gutierrez, a Good Samaritan who happened to see the assault and theft, stepped in to help him out.