Father pulls son from burning car

January 12, 2009 10:47:42 AM PST
A father risked his life, saving his three-year-old son from their burning car Sunday. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

It happened at a low-rider car show at Tom Bass Park in south Harris County. It was supposed to be an afternoon full of low rider cars, family and fun, but now the charred frame is all that's left of one of the cars.

This, after it burst into flames with dozens of people around. The little boy was burned on several parts of his body.

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Department say as the family drove through the park, their car caught fire.

"The small child was sitting in the back seat," said Edward Lopez with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

That boy was in his car seat and burned by the flames. Many witnesses saw the smoke and fire at the show.

"They say he has burns on his back and back of his head," said Robert Robledo, who was attending the event.

Deputies say the little boy and his father were both taken to the hospital with burns.

The founder of the Houston Low Rider Council calls it a terrible accident and says their entire community is helping support the family.

"He's always been a low rider and it's sad to see him and his family go through what happened today to them," said G. Hernandez with the Houston Low Rider Council.

Hernandez adds the cars have a lot of equipment in them. Investigators say this one in particular had eight batteries and two hydraulic systems along with amplifiers and speakers, but Hernandez says he's never seen a car end up like this.

"Hydraulics and batteries, but who knows what could have happened," he said. "It could have been a leak in the gas line or something. I don't know what caused the accident. It's just a freak accident and unfortunate for one of our low riders here in Houston."

And while these low riders usually gather to show off their fancy wheels, they're now ready to show their willingness to help. Not long after the ambulance left, the low riders began passing the hat, taking donations for the family.

Investigators say the fire started in the back seat or trunk, but have not pinpointed the exact cause yet. The little boy and his father are both being treated for burns in the Medical Center.

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