By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 05:33 EST, 5 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:22 EST, 5 December 2012
A mother and her two-year-old daughter who became pinned beneath a car after attempting to cross a busy road have been saved by Good Samaritans who helped police lift the vehicle off them.
Kipinga Muanza Kalala, 37, was crossing three lanes of traffic with daughter, Angela, and 4-year-old twins, Jack and Vic, in Aurora, Colorado when they were hit by a car driven by Michael Lovato.
The mother and daughter were trapped underneath the Kia Rio car, but were saved by an off-duty police sergeant, an on-duty officer and several good Samaritans who were fortunately in the area.
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Aurora Police Sgt. John Kessler, who was working off-duty at a nearby Walmart, learned the woman and her baby were underneath a car and ran to help them.
‘The lady was on her side and had the baby wrapped up in her arms,’ Kessler told KDVR. ‘I tried to remove the infant from the lady’s arms but she was pinned under, I couldn’t move her at that point.’
But he was shortly joined by on-duty officer, Sgt. Matt Brukbacher, who said he knew they had to get the car off the woman as soon as they could.
‘I figured if we didn’t get the car off of them immediately there would be some issues with breathing and I don’t know if they would have survived,’ he said at a press conference.
‘So I kind of hollered at some of the folks from around and I said, “Hey, let’s get this car up”.’
Bystanders Jeff Simpson and his 16-year-old stepdaughter Nashelle Gibson ran over to help. The officers counted to three and they lifted the 2,500 pound car.
‘We lifted that like it was nothing,’ Brukbacher said. ‘I mean it went up almost all the way up.’
Kalala is now recovering in intensive care having suffered a head injury as well as cut and bruises and several broken bones.
Her daughter, who suffered lacerations, abrasions, and bruises, is still in the hospital. The twin boys were released after being examined, and did not suffer any major injuries.
‘Just knowing that we possibly did help the little girl and her mom, it’s just a nice feeling that they’re going to be OK,’ Nashelle Gibson said.
The collision occurred as the family of four crossed three lanes of traffic at 14200 E. Exposition Ave., where there is no crosswalk or pedestrian signal.
Kalala had picked up her three children from a daycare center on the northside of the avenue and was walking to a Walmart store on the south side of the street.
Lovato, 52, didn’t see the family crossing in time to stop, but fortunately was only driving at 30 mph – less than the posted 35 mph speed limit. The driver immediately stopped and will not be charged.
While the woman improperly took her children across the street, Aurora Police Department spokesman Lt. Chuck DeShazer said she will not be charged because she’s ‘suffered enough’.