Woman thanks strangers who pulled her from beneath car

March 27, 2014 5:55:11 PM PDT
Investigators say a woman was trying to get away from her boyfriend as he was speeding down the street in a Fort Bend County neighborhood, and as he crashed into the vehicles in a driveway, she somehow became pinned underneath his car.

Richard Michael, an off-duty Houston police officer, took a picture moments after he and two other neighbors lifted a car and pulled the woman trapped underneath it to safety.

"She was actually stuck underneath the car," he said. "She comes out, she's walking fine, still in shock. Her boyfriend just took off."

Michael says he was watching TV around 2am when he heard the crash. Investigators tell us the woman and her boyfriend had been in that car arguing. She got out, and he allegedly pulled her partially back in as he was speeding through the neighborhood.

According to detectives, that man lost control and slammed into the two vehicles in a driveway along Windy Port. Neighbors were stunned to see the woman crawl out after they lifted the car. Her injuries were not life threatening.

"I'm like oh my God, I can't believe she is still fine," Michael said. "She gets up and starts walking around, asking about her boyfriend, if he's OK."

Investigators say the boyfriend said something about getting help before running from the scene. He never returned, but showed up more than six hours later at the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office. He refused to answer questions.

The woman was taken to the hospital, treated and released. She returned to the scene later to apologize for the damage caused and thank those whose swift action might have saved her life.

"Thank you, God was there for me. That's it. Thank you," said the woman, who didn't give her name. "Thank you. God bless y'all."

Investigators say there is a long history of domestic violence between this man and woman. The boyfriend was not arrested. This case is being referred to the district attorney's office and a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed.

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