Tow shop pays burn victim's bill after days of public outrage

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - After days of public outrage the controversy has ended over the hundreds of dollars in towing charges a Lantana woman faced after being set on fire.

Naomie Breton was attacked and set on fire allegedly by her estranged boyfriend, Roosevelt Mondesir at a Boynton Beach gas station.

After the attack, the cars driven by Breton and Mondesir were towed and because Breton's name is on both, she owed towing charges on both.

On Saturday, an anonymous Good Samaritan tried to pay Breton's bill, but was told initially on Monday only the owner of the car could pay the tab.

"Not in 35 years I've never had this kind of issues ever. I worked plane crashes, boat crashes, helicopter crashes, any kind of crashes you want, victims," said Andrew Zuccala, owner of Zuccala's Wrecker Service.

Zuccala said he has never seen anything like Breton's attack and did not know about it at first. He said it was brought to his attention after his phone started ringing off the hook and inbox became packed with harassing comment from people.

Zuccala said most of the calls and emails were from people shocked he was charging Breton after all she has been through.

"Our industry, we deal with this every day and because of the outpour of the public and people wanting to pay her bill, I said you know that's just not the way it's going to go out I'm going to do it myself," said Zuccala.

Breton's bill for the car of her estranged boyfriend, which her name is on, grew to $632.50 in the week it sat in Zuccala's tow yard. Those charges are now a memory of the past with the tow shop penning "no charge" on Breton's bill on Monday.

"It's just a shock to me that because you always see people turn their backs in your time of need and you basically find there's people out that they do really exist," said Breton.

Breton said the support from the community has been overwhelming in the week since she was attacked. She said she felt especially cared for from the Good Samaritan that originally offered to pay her towing bill.

"I think it was the right thing for them to do and I'm glad that it's done and hopefully she can start to move on and heal and get her life back," said Vicki Tate, the Good Samaritan.

Tate originally said she wanted to remain anonymous but hopes the attention from the situation spreads to others about the power of paying it forward.

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