Mom who pushed child out of car's path speaks out

Posted: 01/17/13 at 9:45 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/17/13 at 10:50 pm EST

QUINCY, Mass (WHDH) -- 7News spoke with a mother who saved her daughter’s life by pushing the child out of the path of an oncoming car.

Heather Engrassia is recovering from a badly broken leg and major bruises at a rehabilitation hospital after risking her life to save her children.

“When I went to open the gate I saw this careening out of control coming literally into the yard,” Engrassia said.

The Hanover mother was picking up her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Kaitlin, Friday night at her parents’ home in Quincy when a car came out of nowhere.

“I pushed my daughter as far as I could in that second and screamed for her to run, and then instantly I was down on the ground. I was under the car it was up to my waist,” said Engrassia.

Her son wasn't hurt -- but Engrassia noticed her daughter was also trapped.

“I’m like, ‘Kaitlin, if you can get up and run you have to run and call for help,’ so I was worried she’d be freaking out and upset. She’s like, ‘Okay, mom, my boot’s stuck. I’m just going to get my boot unstuck and then I’ll run, okay?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, please just run,’” Engrassia said.

While rescue crews were en route, Engrassia says the driver of the car that hit them rushed over to help.

“Instantly she jumped out of the car and I think she didn’t realize she hit somebody and she saw what happened and she was screaming, ‘Oh my God, oh my God,’ and she at one point said to me, ‘I’m going to move the car.’ And she got back in the car and I heard the engine revving and I was like begging and pleading her, ‘Please don’t move the car,’” Engrassia said.

Help arrived and after 30 long minutes, Engrassia was free.

“So grateful. So completely grateful. And I feel for the driver because I know it was probably -- at the end of the day I don’t know all of the investigative pieces but I think it was just a freak accident,” Engrassia said.

Engrassia says police are investigating why the driver lost control and it’s unclear what -- if any -- charges the driver might face.

But for Engrassia, she's just glad her kids are okay.

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