Great Grandma and Toddler Trapped Underneath Car Rescued by Tampa Police Officer and Good Samaritans

Tampa Police Corporal Lance Baker and a good Samaritan rescued an 80-year-old woman and her 3-year-old Great Granddaughter, who were both pinned underneath a car in a Tampa parking lot.

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Upon arrival, Baker found the woman and toddler trapped under a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Corolla told police he was backing out and didn’t see the pair walk behind his car when he struck them. He stated he felt a bump as he backed out but assumed his vehicle went over a large storm drain in the parking lot. He then attempted to pull forward, but his car wouldn’t move. He then realized he’d hit someone.

Baker and some citizens went into action, and someone retrieved a car jack. They jacked up the car to give the victims some room, and Baker can be seen on his bodycam pulling groceries out from underneath the Toyota to provide the victims with some breathing room.

Baker then held the child’s head as Tampa fire Rescue cut the toddler out of her crushed stroller. After getting the toddler out, Grandma was pulled out next.

“We are proud of Cpl. Baker’s quick actions and calmness under pressure while helping this family. This is a shining example of the work Tampa Police officers do every day to protect and serve their community, not knowing if they’ll be called upon to save a life or put their own life on the line at any given call for service,” said Interim Chief of Police Lee Bercaw. “We are thankful for the good Samaritans and Tampa firefighters who also jumped into action to help make sure this grandmother and young child will get a chance to see another Christmas this week with their family.”

Both victims were rushed to the hospital. According to police, the great-grandmother is in critical condition, and the toddler is “stable.”

Investigators don’t believe impairment was a factor in the crash and stated the driver stayed at the scene and was cooperative.

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