Most people are not the most proactive during a major crisis. While we appreciate those who simply alert the authorities and wait for help, we consider those who put their life on the line for strangers as guardian angels.
Raye Hines and her daughter Ariana were doing some shopping recently in Moore, Oklahoma, when they saw something they could not ignore.
At around 9:00 p.m., the mother and daughter were in their car when they saw a car driving out of control. The driver sped out of a parking lot and went through four lanes of traffic, jumped a curb, and drove through a car wash, according to KFOR.
“Sparks flew from his car,” Raye said.
The vehicle then slammed through a guard rail and into the ice-cold water of a nearby canal. Although the accident looked dangerous, Ariana was just worried about the stranger that was in trouble.
“Mom, we have to pull over, we have to do something, we have to help this person,” she said.
Without thinking twice, Raye parked the car and told Ariana to call 911 and watch her grandson. She jumped into the cold water, which she said came up to her waist, and proceeded to try to help the stranger.
Two other concerned citizens also joined Raye as she approached the car and banged on the window. However, the driver was unresponsive. With amazing strength, Raye opened the car door, even though the water was putting tremendous pressure on the outside of the vehicle.
“I don’t even know how she did it … I thought she busted the glass at first,” Ariana said.
Amazingly, the three bystanders were able to get the driver to safety, and authorities soon took over from there. Amazingly, Raye risked her life when she did not have to, and her reasoning was completely unselfish.
“That’s somebody’s kid. I would hope someone would do that for my kid if they saw that happen,” she said. Ariana is proud to call Raye her mother.
“I’m pretty sure most moms would probably be freaking out,” said Ariana.