SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell by now has built a reputation for wanting to be part of the community in which he plays.
Even as the Jazz are in the midst of a playoff series, Mitchell was at it again in that regard earlier this week.
Just after 3 p.m. on Sunday after Utah had finished practice, Margarita Terry and her husband Bradley were stopped at a red light on 400 South and West Temple when they saw a two-car accident. Margarita Terry then noticed Mitchell attending to the driver of one of the cars (Mitchell’s car was parked in front of Caffé Molise nearby after he had pulled over to help).
Bradley Terry rolled down his window and asked Mitchell if everything was OK. Mitchell responded by thanking Terry and saying everything was under control. By then Mitchell had called 911 after seeing one of the accident victims falling out of her car with the airbags having been deployed. He said a few other people were also at the scene to help.
"Shout out to them because they were there the whole time," he said on Monday night after the Jazz's Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets.
He said his instincts made him want to get out and offer assistance.
"I just wanted to make sure everybody was OK," he said. "It was just natural, just going out there and making sure she was OK."
According to both police and Mitchell, the accident occurred as one of the drivers ran a red light. Police said the victim sustained just minor injuries and the driver of the offending car was cited for negligent operations.
The Terrys were only at the scene for a few moments, as the light turned green and they had little children in the car with them, but Margarita Terry posted a photo on Instagram and wrote in part, “In what world do NBA players stop to make sure people are okay in accidents? Good dude right there!”
On Monday night, she told the Deseret News via a message on Instagram, “Honestly he seemed super genuine and concerned for them. I can’t imagine very many athletes that would do something like this. I am sure he doesn’t want the credit but he deserves it.”
Mitchell downplayed his role in the situation.
"I just had to make sure she was all good," he said.