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Trooper credits boy with saving two lives
CAÑADA VERDE -- A 12-year-old boy is being credited with saving the lives of two teens that suffered injuries in an Aug. 5 single-vehicle crash on C.R. 124 near here.
Trooper Harold Estep of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol said the boy, who also suffered spinal injuries, managed to walk away from the wreckage in search of help for the driver -- his 14-year-old sister -- and 17-year-old Daniel Hernandez of Floresville, who both were unconscious. Estep said Hernandez had been ejected from the 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck at approximately 12:45 p.m., when it rolled three times. The teen landed in a field more than 30 feet from the wreckage.
The 12-year-old boy, despite being injured, managed to free himself from the wreckage, Estep said, and walked off in search of help. He used a cellular telephone to call 911 at approximately 1 p.m., and despite being unfamiliar with the area, gave a description of his location. This resulted in the youths’ rescue.
Preliminary indications are that the driver was traveling too fast for the roadway conditions, causing her to lose control of the vehicle, Estep said. It is unknown whether any of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
Hernandez and the 12-year-old boy were flown via AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, Estep said. The driver was transported via ambulance to Mission Trail Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, but later was transferred to University Hospital. Sylvia Garcia, a spokesman for University Hospital said Aug. 8 that Hernandez remained in critical condition. She did not have any record of the brother and sister.
The driver has been charged with driving without a license, Estep said. Additional charges are pending.
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