Bridget Gonzalez was driving up the highway when she heard the sound of a car honking—and then heard it multiply.
“Everyone was honking, honking, honking,” Gonzalez said, so she looked around, and then laid eyes on a horrifying scene.
“I looked to my left, and I saw the lady, and she was having a stroke, a seizure,” said Gonzalez.
“She was foaming at the mouth. She was shaking.”
The driver of the car beside her had suffered a stroke—and then Gonzalez spotted who was in the backseat. The woman’s daughter, just a toddler, was sitting in the back just waiting for disaster to happen.
“That’s when I guess it hit me in my heart—I have to stop her,” Gonzales said.
Gonzalez drove closer to the woman’s car, and knew she would have to cut her off to stop the vehicle.
So she hit the front of the woman’s car—and thankfully that was enough to halt it. Gonzalez made sure to minimize the impact so as to not hurt anyone, and to minimize any damage.
By the time Gonzalez stopped the car, the police had also arrived, thanks to other passersby who had seen the out-of-control car and called 911.
The woman driving was Nakia Moore, who suffered a stroke and seizure.
“I remember the car rolling,” Moore said, “and after that is just a blank.”
She blacked out, and the next thing she remembered was coming back to consciousness and finding her car surrounded by people, including police officers.
She was touched that Gonzalez took the risk that she did. Moore told Gonzalez she saved her life—and her daughter’s as well.
“I’m just grateful for her, I thank God for her,” Moore said.
The two women have since kept in touch.
“I’m just happy that she’s OK,” Gonzalez said. “Honestly, I don’t care so much about the car. I just want her and her daughter to be OK.”