For once the dude with the hatchet is the good guy.
The dude, identified only as "Kai," said a driver who had given him a ride near Fresno began claiming to be Jesus—generally a good time to ask your driver to pull over—and then suddenly rammed into a utility worker standing next to his truck. The driver then got out and started trying to move the injured worker, and became furious when bystanders tried to stop him. "He just kept saying he's Jesus Christ and he's going to save all of us," said one woman who intervened, "but we have to get [African-Americans] off the earth."
If the attempted vehicular manslaughter hadn't already proven this wasn't Jesus, his selective approach to salvation would have pretty much clinched it.
The driver then grabbed the woman and wrapped her in a bear hug, which was when Kai sprang into action, believing the woman was in danger. You really should watch the short news clip below so you can hear Kai tell the story himself. (They bleeped where appropriate, so it's safe for work.)
"Smash! Smash! Suh-MASH!" (at 1:40) A new American hero is born.
The crash broke both the worker's legs, but his injuries were not life-threatening. The driver, who was in fact identified as someone other than Jesus, is being held on suspicion of attempted murder. Despite having been subdued with a hatchet, his injuries were also said to be non-life-threatening.
I still would not recommend picking up a hitchhiker who is waving a hatchet, but if you must do so I hope it turns out to be Kai.