A California woman and her 8-year-old son almost drowned after their car swerved into a flooded culvert – thankfully, a homeless man stopped to help (video below).
Abby Valladarez, 28, and her son Mikey Azevedo were driving in Salinas, California, on the night of Jan. 19 when the accident happened, KSBW reports. Rick Biddle, the homeless man, was alerted to the crashing car when his dog started to bark.
According to rescue workers, Valladerez and her son traveled the length of about five football fields in fast-moving water before Biddle saw and saved them.
“I thought that I was going to die, like drown, because I didn’t know how to swim,” Azevedo said. “I was yelling for help hoping someone would find me.”
Currently, Valladerez is recovering at a local hospital because she took in too much water. Azevedo, however, suffered only from a few scratches and a swore wrist.
The family later brought Biddle new supplies, including sleeping bags and a warm jacket. Henry Azevedo, Valladrez’s ex-husband, said he would have done more if he could have.
“If Rick wasn’t here who knows what would’ve happened,” Henry said. “She could’ve kept going and they might not have found neither of them and who knows what really would’ve happened and we’re just very thankful.”
The family has since called Biddle a “homeless hero.”