Mom & Baby Pinned Under a Car Rescued by Awesome (and Strong!) Bystanders (VIDEO)

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mom baby pinned under carHappy story alert! A woman and her three children were crossing the highway in Colorado when they were hit by an oncoming car. Kipinga Muanza Kalala and her 2-year-old daughter Angela were trapped under the vehicle, and when the police officer arrived on the scene, he knew he had to get them out, and fast.

Sgt. Matt Brukbacher called for help from local bystanders and several ran over to help him lift the car off Kipinga and Angela.

They were reportedly so successful that they almost lifted the car all the way up, onto its side. The helpful volunteers included a man and his 16-year-old stepdaughter. Girl power!

Kipinga and Angela were taken to the hospital and are reportedly going to be fine -- mom suffered head wounds and broken bones, daughter suffered burns -- and neither of the other children was injured.

Thank goodness, because had it not been for the quick-thinking and generous people who saw the accident, this story could've ended in tragedy. The driver of the car won't face any charges because, you know, people aren't supposed to be in the middle of the road. Why did this mother decide to walk across a highway with her kids in the dark?

I don't know the circumstances that made her decide that crossing where she did would be safe, but that was a very big risk that could've easily been deadly. Had it not been for those awesome bystanders, the perhaps time-saving trick of darting through traffic to get to the other side could've proven fatal.

Crosswalks are there for a reason, people. Glad everyone's OK.

Are you diligent about only crossing in a crosswalk?

 

Photo via kdvr.com

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nonmember avatar Bear

They weren't on a highway, they were on a street that doesn't have very much traffic. I imagine she thought she could make it across in time. Also, this was in Aurora, CO, where good things do still happen.

Kaycee Farrell

Also, the news reported that she was crossing from one store to another, heading to a Walmart. She may have no car and was simply shopping after work? We can't assume everyone has the same choice to shop in the day light as some of us might. This was tragic and it is difficult to understand the circumstances of an incident like this if we weren't there. I for one have found myself distracted by my children and vulnerable to a more dangerous situation because of letting myself get distracted. Sometimes as parents we feel pressure to get everything done right now. Prayers for the mom, girl and their recovery. So glad the incident wasn't fatal. Several local heroes came to their rescue to remove the car from them and emergency services arrived almost immediately, I heard!

MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

I hope they recover quickly, and I certainly hope the driver of the car doesn't have serious emotional trauma from this. I couldn't imagine how they must feel hitting a mother and child, even though it was an accident.

nonmember avatar J

At last! A good story about human kindness. After reading the article about the poor man in the subway and how no one even tried to help, it is refreshing to hear that people can and will rush to the aid of strangers...even when they could *possibly* be a danger to themselves. Way to go people! I hope mother and daughter recover quickly.

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