COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A mother and her two young children reunited with a man who they say saved their lives after a car crash.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened Monday at 3 a.m. on Zimalcrest Drive near Center Point Circle.
That's when that mother, Jessica Hodges, says another driver slammed into her car, head-on, and took off.
“Just the feeling of seeing them peel off is just like shocking and overwhelming. I could have died and you don’t care,” Hodges said.
Hodges says she was coming back from a friend's house with her kids.
She was about a quarter-of-a-mile from her house, when according to the incident report, another driver crossed the center lane, hit her car, and took off.
“Before I could even think what was happening next I just remember looking up and seeing smoke everywhere," Hodges said. “And then the next thing I know I remember someone knocking on my window, ma’am are you OK, are you OK?”
After that, Hodges says it was all a blur, but what she can remember is a man who she says she owes her life to.
Paris Young was in the car with a friend that same night and saw the smoke from Hodges’ car.
“Me and a friend was like we should just stop to see what’s going on because we see smoke," Young said. "So we parked along the dirt road on the side. Got out, went looked at the truck, she opened the door she was like I really need some help.”
At that moment, the focus was on getting Hodges' children, Jackson and Addy, to safety.
“They could have died. They really could have died,” Young said.
Now, nearly a week later, all three are recovering and finally got the chance to officially meet the man who saved them.
“To see them, to walk up and see their faces -- that’s a real good thing because not too long ago stuff was very tragic,” Young said.
“I keep seeing Paris’ face just taking my kids out of that. Taking us over to safety. And that’s what brings me peace. Knowing that there are still some good people out there,” Hodge said. “It really takes an evil person to leave, you know not knowing who is in that car, or what you did to that person to just leave them there.”
As for the other driver who left, Highway Patrol is asking for the community’s help keeping an eye out.
The other car is described as a red Chevrolet Tahoe, or possibly GMC Yukon, with damage to the front of the car.
If you know anything, you can dial *HP or call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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