Ga. Man Says He Crashed Car at 100 MPH When Accelerator Stuck and He Feared Killing Other Drivers

"I definitely thought that I was gonna die," Anthony James Bennefield recounted after surviving the crash

Ga. Father of 3 Says He Crashed Car at Over 100 MPH When Accelerator Stuck, Feared Killing Other Drivers
Anthony James Bennefield. Photo: GoFundMe

A Georgia man is recounting a horrifying moment when he crashed his car that was going over 100 mph to avoid hurting or killing other drivers.

Anthony James Bennefield, an off-duty EMT and father of three, was driving to work on Christmas Eve last year when he says his accelerator got stuck. As his speed increased, he called 911 to ask for help, but after the call was dropped, he made the quick decision to crash the car.

"I definitely thought that I was gonna die," Bennefield told Inside Edition. "It was the most terrifying experience in my life. As soon as I left the road, kind of shoved my arms out just to try to protect my head."

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle "upright on all sides" with "sustained damage" from a "rollover," according to the Newnan Police Department crash report obtained by PEOPLE.

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Bennefield told officers his car kept accelerating and "reaching speeds of 100 mph," before he eventually decided to stop the car using "outside forces."

Per the crash report, Bennefield "struck the median on the bypass" and "went into [the] oncoming lane of travel," before hitting a curb and going through some bushes and hitting a tree, which "spun his vehicle."

The car then "slid sideways onto a median in the parking lot, striking it, causing his vehicle to roll onto the passenger side," the crash reported added, which caused the vehicle to eventually came to a stop.

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A police spokesman told PEOPLE that Bennefield had to be extracted from the car.

Bennefield, who has no medical insurance, is now hoping to raise money to help pay his medical bills from the crash through a GoFundMe page.

"According to everyone else, I rolled several times crushing the passenger side of the vehicle before coming to a stop," Bennefield wrote on the crowdfunding page.

"After being flown to the best trauma center in the state, I was eventually discharged not much worse for the wear," he wrote. "Grateful to all the people that took part in saving my life, but now I'm looking at two enormous medical bills with no way to pay them."

Bennefield did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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