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.
A grandmother and child were rescued by a Tampa Police officer and Good Samaritans after being trapped underneath a car on Sunday, according to a release. https://t.co/PbcrBa6r2h
— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) December 20, 2022
DRAMATIC VIDEO: Grandmother and toddler pinned under car rescued by neighbors, Tampa police https://t.co/Bev9qnhWwC pic.twitter.com/6ftZuJAF4a
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) December 20, 2022
RESCUE CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Tampa police and several good Samaritans rescued a woman and her great-grandchild after they were pinned under a car Sunday afternoon at a Tampa apartment complex. https://t.co/Fudfcuajee
— 10 Tampa Bay (@10TampaBay) December 20, 2022
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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