A Connecticut woman is being deemed a hero for throwing herself in front of a little boy who’s life was nearly taken by an out of control vehicle, NBC 10 reports.
Shanta Jordan didn’t know the little boy she saved, but her quick thinking led to her attempting to push him out of the way of a car that came barreling at a wall. Police say Jordan jumped in front of the child after realizing pushing him away wouldn’t help.
“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,” Bridgeport police chief A.J. Perez said. “He would have died.”
Police say her body absorbed much of the impact, saving the child’s life, but the boy did still sustain serious injuries.
State and local leaders will pay special tribute to Jordan in a ceremony at City Hall next week. Right now, she is recovering in the hospital.
As for the little boy, doctors initially thought they would have to amputate both legs, but surgeons in the hospital spent hours operating and were able to save them.
Jordan is still recovering in the hospital.
The driver of the vehicle is also hospitalized. He’s facing reckless driving and other charges.