SALINA, Kan., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- As far as a young Kansas girl in concerned, Superman does exist -- and saved her life by lifting a car she was trapped under, authorities say.
Nick Harris, 32, was dropping his daughter off at school when he saw a car about to back over another young student. He ran to the back of the car and lifted it to get the tire off the 6-year-old first grader, the Salina (Kansas) Journal reported Saturday.
After freeing the child, Harris stayed by her side as others called 911.http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/12/...1331261268833/She suffered a concussion and some road rash in the Dec. 12 incident, but was able to go home the same day.
"I don't consider myself a hero at all," Harris said. "Everything happens for a reason. To me, it was payment
enough when she gave me that huge hug and said, 'Thanks, Superman.'"
That's when, he said, he noticed the girl, a 6-year-old first-grader, was one of his daughter's closest friends from school.
He told the driver of the car, 26-year-old Sarah Osladil, to put it in neutral to get the pressure off the girl, he said. He then carried the girl, who was screaming in pain, he said, over to the sidewalk.
"I got her backpack unstuck underneath the car," Harris said. "I didn't want to jerk her, but I had to move her, so I put her on the side of the road next to the driveway."
He said he was going to go get his phone to call 911, but the girl said she wanted him to stay with her.
"I was the only one she knew, so I stayed there until her mother got there," Harris said.http://www.saljournal.com/news/story/mancar121909And that wasn't the only thing that amazed Harris that day. He still doesn't know how he found the strength to lift the vehicle off of her, he said.
"I know later on that day I tried a couple different times to lift a car like I did, and I couldn't do it," Harris said. "But somehow, adrenaline, hand of God, whatever you want to call it, I don't know how I did it. It just happened."