A California man is being called a hero after saving his pregnant wife from the path of a speeding truck. As People reported, Aaron Gutierrez and his family were at a local pizza joint in Fresno celebrating his 6-year-old son’s birthday on January 5. They took the bus home and were walking from their stop when the driver of a speeding Toyota Tacoma ran a red light and lost control. The quick-thinking father sprung into action and pushed his wife out of the truck's path.
The couple was with their three children as well as Gutierrez's mother during the incident.
“I heard a big bang, I looked over my shoulder and I saw the truck flying towards us. I looked at my wife, and it was heading right towards her direction,” the 31-year-old father told People.
He knew that he was going to experience impact, but attributes his years of playing football as helping to cushion the blow.
“I knew I was going to get hit, and I put my son as high as I could, and I got hit. Luckily enough, I played football for so many years so I was able to cuddle my son into my hands when I flew into the building. After that, I blacked out,” he said.
He woke up to hear his daughter screaming, "Mommy is dead!"
“I tried to stand so I could go beat the kid up, to be honest — he almost killed my kids,” he said. “But that’s when I realized my injuries and that my leg was broken.”
His wife and her unborn baby didn't experience any major injuries. Gutierrez’s mother was sent to the hospital and suffered a bleeding brain and a broken back. She is currently still recovering, and the extent of her lasting injuries remains unknown. The father suffered a broken shoulder and injured leg. The couple’s three children were unharmed.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
“At first, I had a lot of anger. I was very angry at this kid, he just changed everybody’s lives,” Gutierrez said. “I was really, really mad. But our family is way closer and we have a better bond now. I get to spend more time with my kids and wife since I was always on the road before. So in that way, it was blessing in disguise.”
According to Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department, the 19-year-old driver was found at fault in the collision. The driver was not under the influence of any substances.
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