WILMINGTON, Del. — When David Scullion II received a call from a Philadelphia couple stranded by a flat tire on southbound Interstate 95 and in danger of missing a scheduled appointment, he thought nothing out of the ordinary.
As an Uber driver, he's used to people in a panic needing to reach their destination in a hurry. But after meeting the pair at about 11:50 a.m. Friday, he learned this was no ordinary pickup. The couple was about to miss their wedding at the Cecil County Courthouse in Maryland.
Scullion, who has been married for 14 years to his wife, Melissa, asked if the eloping couple if they had any witnesses. After they answered no, Scullion decided to give them an early wedding gift.
“I said, ‘If you make me your witness, (I) won’t charge the fare.”
The father of three says he is trying to save money for a new car for better Uber pickups and to take his family on a vacation before school restarts. Yet he felt compelled to complete an act of kindness because of what he described as an "overpowering experience" that he simply couldn’t ignore.
“I thought," he said, "I have to turn off that meter."
And so he did. He and the couple, who did not want to be fully named for The News Journal, arrived at the courthouse just in time for their scheduled 12:30 p.m. wedding.
There to witness it was Scullion, by all accounts a stranger whom the couple had just met minutes earlier. He said he was honored and overcome with emotion to be a witness to a wedding he described as “short, but very sweet.”
“I could see these were two people that were really dedicated to each other,” he said.
Once the couple exchanged “I Do’s," it was time for the real work: fixing their car’s flat tire. The couple had just purchased a new Prius and didn’t know the car had a wheel lock. Worse, the pair didn’t have the key needed to remove the lug nuts to repair the blown tire.
Scullion and the newlyweds made stops at his Bear-area residence and an AutoZone in search of an emergency lug nut remover. Both attempts were unsuccessful.
Jasmine Binik, a commercial assistant manager at a Pep Boys Auto Parts & Car Repairs in Bear, was working when Scullion and newlyweds entered the shop hoping the store had the part needed. Binik said the part was eventually located.
“We learned about the wedding and their situation, and we really wanted to help them,” she said of the group effort.
Scullion helped the newlyweds replace the flat tire with a spare and jump started the vehicle
The trio would part ways shortly thereafter, but not before a thank you from the newlyweds.
As for Scullion, he says the random encounter “re-energized his spirit.” A recent cancer survivor, the round-trip fare would have likely made him a couple hundred dollars.
Yet, he says he was happy to a part of a love story.
“I’ve always been a hopeless romantic,” Scullion said.