Oprah Jumps Into Action After Her Driver Runs Over Woman's Foot
By Jackie Willis
One woman got the surprise of a lifetime after Oprah Winfrey's driver nearly crushed her ankle.
Page Six reports that the Queen of Talk's driver ran over Parkland, Fla. resident Lori Geller Bender's foot with a huge SUV as the mother-of-two was arriving to Miami restaurant Prime 112 on Saturday night. Bender recalls that her husband Kevin banged on the vehicle to have the driver remove his wheels from his wife's toes that were trapped under the SUV's tires.
"We were crossing the street to arrive at the restaurant, and there were a lot of cameras. I could see a big crowd of security guards, and as soon as Oprah got into the car, it pulled out from the curb, and a wheel went over my foot," Bender told Page Six. "I was wearing heels, my toe was trapped under the wheel and I fell to the ground, hitting my coccyx and my head."
Bender added that it could've been a lot worse. "I am lucky because if the SUV had gone slightly further forward it would have crushed my whole ankle," she said.
That's when Oprah appeared. "The driver reversed off my foot and Oprah jumped out. She couldn't have been nicer and more gracious," she said of the TV talk-show host. "She looked really shocked and asked me if I was OK, and took a good look at my foot. I wasn't hurt, and I told her I was fine. Oprah said, 'Well, that’s worth a picture,' and she put her arm around me and we took some photos."
Oprah, 60, couldn't have known how much this meant to Bender, but the 44-year-old told the publication, "It has always been on my bucket list to meet Oprah, but I could never have imagined it would be because her driver ran over my toe. It's a crazy story."
It's no secret that Oprah likes to have a little fun from time to time. Case in point, her ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with best friend Gayle King: