An alert driver from Mankato, Minnesota saved a toddler’s life by being very aware on the road.
Chad Cheddar Mock captured the entire event on video with his dashboard camera and quickly ran to the baby’s rescue to ensure that she would be safe.
Mock, who is a driver for Caledonia Haulers, said that he pretty much always has his dashboard camera turned on when he’s on the road to protect himself in any legal case.
While driving in Mankato just before noon, he noticed the vehicle to his front suddenly popping its back and a car seat with the baby, who was still in her chair, fell out onto the ground.
The driver honked right away and waved his arms frantically to alert the vehicle in front of him.
When it kept rolling away, he made the decision that he needed to get out of his car to pick up the baby.
He needed to save the baby, who was about 2 years old, as the other drivers might not see her in time.
Mock could not believe that an actual child fell out and was still attached in the car seat.
He later realized that the car seat actually protected the baby as it braced her fall.
The driver told reporters that the baby was not crying when he rushed to pick her up.
However, she seemed aware of what happened and started to get irritable as more strangers arrived.
The baby was moved to another car, which was driven to the nearby Hy Vee parking lot.
Once there, police and emergency services arrived on the scene to take a look at the child and the situation.
The driver of the other car, however, did come back to the scene.
Police said that the mom had passed through the intersection when she realized that her baby was gone. She pulled over and walked back to the location of the accident.
The baby and her mom were then released after the authorities assessed that the toddler was not harmed or injured.
According to the Mankato Public Safety authority, the child was safely and correctly strapped in her car seat.
However, the seat was not locked in properly to the vehicle so it came loose when the door accidentally opened.
Police also said that she did not have any other person with her who could have caused undue harm on the child.
Public officials, however, are thinking about filing charges against the mother for child endangerment and failing to make sure that the child restraint system on the car was correctly fastened.