11-year-old kicks out windshield, climbs embankment and runs for help after crash. WXIA's Paul Crawley reports.
A mother from Georgia just found out that she was saved by her 11-year-old son after a perilous car crash — as he crawled out of a broken window and climbed up a steep 13-foot embankment to get her help.
“He is amazing,” Lisa Polk, who has no recollection of the accident, told NBC affiliate WXIA in Cummings, Ga., on Tuesday. “He is one of a kind.”
Polk was driving her son Charlie to his brother’s soccer game on March 27, when her jeep went down a steep embankment and landed on its roof in a creek.
"I don't remember going off the road, I don't remember being in a helicopter, nothing," Polk said.
“I tried to look for a hole and I crawled out,” Charlie told the station. “When I looked down I saw my legs had a bunch of blood all over them and I crawled and got help.”
A passerby heard the boy’s call for help and held Polk’s head above water until rescuers showed up. She was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital, suffering from several broken bones.
“I would have drowned. I was completely under the water,” the proud mother said.
Polk didn’t know Charlie had saved her life until days later.
“For him to do that and just be 11 years old,” she said with tears in her eyes. “He is awesome.”
During his first day at school, Charlie was praised as a hero.
“People are saying I’m a celebrity at my school,” he said. “At least no one is picking on me.”
Asked who his heroes are, Charlie replied, "my dad and my mom."