A woman leaped in front of a car barreling into pedestrians on a sidewalk to save a boy’s life, police say.
Surveillance cameras captured video of the incident which happened in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 1, WBZ reported.
Police say the crash could have been deadly if Shanta Jordan had not intervened when the car went out-of-control and crashed into the side of a restaurant.
Authorities say Jordan’s body absorbed most of the impact and she saved a boy’s life, although he was still seriously injured.
“If she did not step in, the child would be in direct contact with the motor vehicle against the wall and most likely, he would have perished, he would have died,” Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez told KSTU.
Doctors were, however, able to save the boy’s legs from amputation, according to KWCH. His brother was also injured in the crash.
Jordan’s friend and neighbor said she remains in the hospital recovering from her injuries.
Police say state and local leaders including Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez, Mayor Joe Ganim, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will pay tribute to Jordan at City Hall next week.
Police say the driver of the vehicle, who also went to the hospital, faces reckless driving charges.