“We’re All Just Humans, And We All Helped." Strangers Rush To Free Hit And Run Victims
The dramatic rescue was all caught on tape.
"It didn't matter what race we were, how old we were," reflected Isaac Terrazas once he had a few hours to realize what he and some strangers were able to pull off in Chicago's Lawndale section. "We're all just humans, and we all helped."
Terrazas and the others were nearby the intersection of Lawndale and 51st when a van ran a stop sign and smashed into an SUV causing the car to flip -- twice. A mother and her child were trapped Inside and the mom was screaming, asking where her baby was. "Adrenaline, fear. My legs were shaking so bad, yeah, fear," Terrazas told CBS Chicago. "I was scared for them."
Surveillance video shows the white van broadsiding the dark SUV.
Everyone came running, determined to do what they could. Terrazas (in the red shorts and no shirt) was one of a dozen people who decided to push the SUV upright, an act that was caught on camera:
"We didn't know if anybody else was in there, so we decided to flip it over. And we made sure on the other side no one would get crushed," Terrazas said.
James Nass IV was among the group who helped to not only push the SUV upright, but break out the windows. "As soon as we found it was a little child in there that was the turning point," Nass told CBS Chicago. "Hammers or bats, whatever they could just to break the windows to get them out," said Nass.
A group of strangers joined together to rescue a mom and her child from an overturned car.
Police say the mom and the child, who was in a child safety seat, will be OK. The rescuers are glad, and proud of what a group of strangers was able to do. "That little act there shows we can come together and do something."