Getting people to their destinations in a hurry is nothing new for David Scullion. He can now add getting a couple married on time to that list.
The 39 year-old Uber driver from Bear, Delaware had only been driving with the rideshare company for a month when he got a pickup request from someone on Interstate 95 near the Delaware Bridge.
When he arrived just before noon Friday, he found a Philadelphia couple — who asked to remain anonymous due to family concerns — stranded on the side of the highway, a tire on their Toyota Prius completely shredded.
As the ride began, Scullion discovered the couple was headed to a Maryland courthouse to elope, and made a quick decision.
“Something came over me, for a minute I kept debating in my head, and I couldn’t continue to charge them,” Scullion told NBC10 on Monday.
He quickly offered to drop the fare — which would have been over $200 round-trip — in exchange for serving as the couple’s witness during the ceremony. The trio made it to the court clerk in Cecil County, Maryland, just in time for their 12:30 p.m. appointment.
Scullion even returned the couple to their abandoned car after the wedding and helped jump the engine and change the tire to get the newlyweds back on the road.
"I could tell they weren’t loaded or anything like that," he said. "They were pretty panicked at the time."
Overall, it was a four hour detour for Scullion, but he’s no stranger to serving as the Good Samaritan.
“This is typical of me. I’ve housed over a handful people who didn’t have a place to live. If I see someone broken down, I’ll stop,” he said.
He says those good deeds are inspired from what he has overcome in his life. Scullion has battled prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and fibromyalgia. He’s broken 28 bones and received over 160 stitches from various injuries.
Despite the challenges, he is the caretaker for his 85-year-old grandfather, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and his grandmother, who is in a wheelchair. He was also caring for his great-grandmother, who recently passed away last year at 99.
The father-of-three’s mantra —"Don’t give up" — echoes true in much of his life.
"I gave them a break I would want to get myself."