An Olympia family is recovering after a terrifying car crash, and they have an unlikely person to thank.
Cora Rose, her husband and 7-month-old son, Dante, were driving through downtown Spokane at about 10 p.m. July 16 when another driver ran a red light and crashed into the family’s van, according to Spokane police.
KHQ reports the driver who caused the crash had “several beers and smoked marijuana just hours before slamming into Rose’s van at 50 to 60 miles per hour.” A bystander, identified by KHQ as Josh Tangehahl, was recorded on cellphone video hoisting Dante to safety.
The station reports Tangehahl was released from prison this spring after serving 17 years for manslaughter.
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“I just reacted, you know? I just did what I thought was the right thing,” Tangehahl told the station. “This is kind of polar opposite of everything I’ve been through.”
Tangehahl later visited the family at a local hospital.
“I remember I looked back and I don’t remember if I said anything to him, but I saw his hat and his eyes and he told me, ‘I have your baby, everything is OK, I have your baby,’” Rose told KING-5.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical bills. On it, Rose wrote Dante had multiple rib fractures and a bleeding laceration on his liver from the crash.
The couple has three older children who were with family in Olympia at the time of the crash.
“Being trapped under all that metal and being completely helpless ... the man that I looked to cannot begin to understand how thankful I am that he was there to help my family while I was trapped,” Rose wrote.