NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two teenagers on Staten Island are being hailed heroes after stopping a car with a baby inside from rolling into oncoming traffic.
The incident happened on June 25 while 19-year-old Michael Tirado and his brother, 14-year-old Nicholas, were walking home on Slater Boulevard, 1010 WINS reported.
Michael said they heard a woman screaming for help and saw the vehicle rolling down the street with the trunk open.
The brothers first tried to stop the car, but when it kept rolling Michael hopped into the front passenger seat and turned the ignition off.
“So I jogged up to the passenger seat and jumped in,” he told 1010 WINS. “I just grabbed the key and turned it all the way into the off position. And the car started to slow down, slow down a little more and it finally reached a complete stop.”
The car came to a stop just as it was about to roll into the middle of the busy intersection.
Michael said he didn’t even realize there was a baby fast asleep in the backseat until after he jumped into the car.
“As I was reaching over to grab the keys, I heard something that sounded like a snore. And I glanced behind me briefly and I saw a baby sleeping in a car seat and I sort of realized the level of the woman’s panic,” Michael said.
The teen said the woman, who spoke broken English, thanked him and his brother for what they had done.
“She definitely seemed grateful, making a lot of grateful gestures,” he said.
Michael chalked the ordeal up to being in the right place at the right time.
“I’m really happy I was able to be in that spot at that time because I am really sure it could have gotten a lot worse. And it felt good to help her,” he said.
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