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Northport woman's totaled Volkswagen was key to Ukrainian family's survival story

A Ukrainian mechanic thanked Gina Savocchi on Instagram for the opportunity to fix her car and flee the country with his family.

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2023, 3:19 AM

Updated 501 days ago

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A Ukrainian family was able to escape war with a vehicle used by a Northport woman.
Gina Savocchi totaled her Volkswagen on Long Island over a year ago. She decided to get rid of the car, but left her information in the glove compartment.
It wasn't until February that Savocchi learned that her vehicle was purchased by a Ukrainian mechanic.
The mechanic thanked Savocchi on Instagram for the opportunity to fix her car and flee the country with his family.
"The car truly saved his life he says," Savocchi says. "When the accident happened, I was so upset. Financially, it was a big bummer and now it's like, 'OK, whatever, I'm happy I got into the accident,' because if I hadn't, who know would have happened to him."
The family now lives in the Czech Republic and Savocchi tells News 12 she keeps in contact with the father of two.


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