Man who helped rescue teens after car went into river gets help in return

Posted at 7:46 PM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 21:46:03-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Several bystanders rushed to the aid of three teens who were trapped in an SUV that crashed and landed upside down in the Jordan River Thursday, and on Friday one of those rescuers spoke to FOX 13 News.

Leo Montoya was among those who helped rescue two of the teens, and rescue crews retrieved the third teen, who was pinned inside the vehicle.

Montoya spoke about his reaction to seeing the vehicle in the river.

"I didn't know if it was man, woman or child,” he said. “Somebody just told me there was someone in a vehicle, and I just reacted. I'd like to think it was the Lord was with all of us to help us do that. To do that in the water is incredible."

The man lost his glasses during the rescue and was worried about the cost of replacing them, but after hearing of his heroics a local store, Eyecare for Kids, provided Montoya with an eye exam and a new pair of glasses for free.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but it is believed the teens inside were speeding. The three teens are recovering in local hospitals. See the video above for Scott McKane’s report on the rescue, and watch below as Montoya is gifted the glasses.