Neighbors pull family from wreck in The Heights


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 8:20 PM

HOUSTON -- There were some frantic moments at an intersection in the heights after a truck smashed into an SUV.

Desiree Ortega, her five month old baby boy and the child’s father were trapped.

“At that point my baby was just screaming," Ortega said. "I realized we were still in our seatbelts and we couldn’t get out.”

Neighbors and people passing by tried to help the family in the Ford Explorer at the intersection of 14th Street and Studewood Wednesday night.

People used hammers and sticks to break the windshield after they heard the baby crying and the child’s mother screaming.

"It’s the most terrifying thing because you think, it’s like when you watch movies and people are trapped in car and your car explodes," Ortega said.

Everyone inside the SUV was buckled in.

The five-month-old boy was strapped in his car seat.

They unstrapped themselves and began trying to kick their way out.

Angelina Esparaza, who lives next to the intersection, grabbed a hammer but was afraid no one had survived.

"Then when I got closer when I saw the men trying to get the person out I knew that there was someone because they were talking back and forth to them," Esparaza said.

The family was pulled out of the car even before HFD rescue units arrived.

They are very sore but are going to be OK.

The search for the driver of the truck took off running after smashing into the family.

Neighbors say there have been several serious accidents at this intersection