MILLCREEK, Utah – A Utah woman saved her daughter from being hit by a car, and took most of the impact herself.
Hazel Lyons was walking her 6 year old daughter Katherine to school Monday morning when they got to a crosswalk near 900 E. 3300 S. The light turned green and the road was clear so they began walking.
“We walked off the curb, took two steps and I turned to my left and the truck was literally by my face,” said Lyons.
With a truck closing in on them, her maternal instinct kicked in.
“I turned back and I just pushed her. And that`s when I got hit by a truck,” said Lyons.
Katherine broke her leg and will have to wear a cast for about a week. Mom took the brunt of the impact.
“I have scratches over here, on my knees, and my hip, my whole right side is bruised up.”
Lyons said a nearby crossing guard tried to help.
“He was actually in his van across the street getting ready to come out but before he could get out, I was already on the ground.”
Fortunately, some motorists stopped to offer help before police arrived on scene.
“She was holding my hand and there was another lady holding katherine`s hand because she was freaking out,” said Lyons.
The mother doesn’t consider herself a hero.
“I`m lucky because I didn`t break any bones or anything and my daughter is still alive.”
She says she’ll never hesitate to keep her only daughter out of harms way.
“Before I had her, I had complications, so she is my everything.”