Crowd helps free woman and child trapped under vehicle

A mother and her 2-year-old daughter hit by a car in Aurora remain hospitalized. Police say both will live, thanks in no small part to the actions of both officers and bystanders Monday night. They lifted a car to rescue the two who had become trapped underneath. The moment Sgt. Matt Brukbacher saw that there was no way to get the mother and her daughter out from underneath the car was the moment he knew he was going to need a little help.

“I just kind of hollered to some folks around and said, ‘Hey, let’s get this car up at the count of three,’” the Aurora Police Department officer recalled on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the auto-pedestrian crash at Exposition and Abilene in Aurora.

Three seconds later, part of the Kia Rio was up in the air. That’s when Aurora Sgt. Jon Kessler found himself scurrying underneath to help rescue little Angela Kalala, 2, and her mother Kapinga Muanza Kalala, 37.

Kalala was trying to cross a relatively busy road when she and her three children were hit on Monday evening. Police say the driver of the Kia was not at fault. Kalala’s twin boys were not significantly injured, but both she and her daughter remain hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.

Among the bystanders who assisted officers that evening was Richard Chan.

“The mom was unconscious. She was leaning over. The girl was trying to get out but her leg was trapped under her mom’s chest. Her mom was pinned to the ground,” Chan said.

Chan and several others lifted the vehicle alongside police and helped pull the mother and toddler to safety.

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