09/09/2012 03:12 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2012

Vanessa Peebles Donates Her Car, Saving Needy College Student A 15-Mile Walk

A Georgia woman's heartwarming act is making headlines this week, poignantly proving the power of kindness, even between two strangers.

Branden Whitehead, a 20-year-old college student, was walking home from school last month when he was struck and critically injured in a hit and run accident, reported. The West Georgia Technical College student walks 15 miles to and from school, carrying a heavy bag of books--the trek takes four and a half hours.

In the accident, Whitehead suffered cuts, broken ribs and a punctured lung. Police are still investigating.

Vanessa Peebles saw Whitehead's story on the news, and knew she had to do something.

"The thought of my kid walking, I don't even want to think about it. So I said nope, that's it," Peebles told Fox 5.

Peebles decided to give Whitehead her 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood. The commute will now only take the student 15 minutes.

The car, which needs some work but is generally in good condition, comes with only one caveat, Peebles said. He has to stay in school. "I want to see you a surgeon one day," she told the surgical tech in training, in an emotional interview aired on Fox this weekend.

Peebles' action turned a near tragedy into a potential triumph.

In July, strangers came through for another young man, Patrick Connelly, helping the disabled and wheelchair-bound fan catch a glimpse of his favorite country music artist.

Connelly's mother Tracy said, "Today in this world, you don’t see that much heartfelt and that kindness from strangers. I can’t thank them enough and what that meant for my family and especially for Patrick to be able to see that. I mean, it just brought tears to my daughter and myself.”