EXCLUSIVE: Man Who Helped Rescue Children in DHS Fatal Car Crash Speaks
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DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Police say a woman died and the two children in the car with her were rushed to the hospital. In an exclusive interview with KMIR, one of the people who helped pull the children from the wreckage explains why he got out of his car to help.
Mark Wright says he was on the way home from taking his mom to a doctor’s appointment when the unthinkable happened. He saw a red SUV roll six times across Palm Drive, just south of Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs. He says he quickly acted and when he got to the car, he heard crying. "I heard them first. I didn’t know what kind of condition. All I knew was we had to get in there, because if they're crying, they’re alive,” says Wright.
Wright says the two male children, who police say are age 18 months and two years old, had scratches on them but luckily were both in their car seats. Wright says he then looked at the woman in the driver seat and checked her pulse. "I took a quick check on the arm, and I could tell right away,” says Wright.
Police say it was a single vehicle roll over. The woman in the car died at the scene and the two children were taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Wright has children of his own and says he called them shortly after the accident to tell them he loved them. He says he wouldn't have handled the situation any other way. "Let's just do something. There was crying, a lot of things go through your mind but you just do it,” says Wright. He offers one piece of advice; advice he says helped save the two boy's lives. "Thank God they were in their car seats; car seats. I want to emphasize how important they are," adds Wright.