A Texas teenager was severely injured after saving two small children from a car crash.
Timmy Ennis, 19, was rushed to the Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Lake Jackson Medical Center, where he’s being treated.
He was nearly killed and is fighting for his life.
Eyewitnesses told ABC 13 that Ennis was riding in his best friend’s car with his best friend and the friend’s girlfriend.
Ennis was in the backseat along with the girlfriend’s daughter Zariah, 2, and her 3-month-old son Marcus.
The group ran out of gas and pulled onto the shoulder.
Just then, they saw a pickup truck about to slam into their Impala.
In the split second before the crash, Ennis tried to shield the children.
“He really saved our daughter’s life. They’re best friends. That’s like her second father,” said Ally Flores. “Zariah was underneath Timothy. He pushed her down so she wouldn’t get the impact of the car. He basically saved both of my kids’ life. Like Timmy’s side was barely hit, Timothy moved over so the impact wouldn’t hit my kids.”
Family members said Ennis suffered broken bones, brain swelling, and a punctured lung.
A family friend created a GoFundMe account to raise funds for medical care.
“Tim saved the life of a 2-year-old little girl. As the impact of the two vehicles occurred, Tim cradled the little girl in his arms and as the vehicle flipped multiple times, he held her tight. The little girl survived the horrific accident without a scratch, bruise or anything. She is alive and healthy,” wrote Lupa Santana.
“In his unselfish act and quick thinking, he saved the little girl, however, his body took all the impact and now he is fighting for his life.”
She added, “Please, first and foremost, we ask each of you to pray without ceasing. Then, if you can, donate any amount financially to offset the medical bills that this family will endure as Timmy continues to fight for his life … Thank you for the support and may God bless you and keep your family safe.”
Another friend said on Facebook that she is selling t-shirts with the caption “Not all heroes wear capes” and “#TimmyStrong.”
All proceeds will go to the family, said Clarissa Petteway.