A New Mexico police officer and four good Samaritans are being credited with saving the life of an 8-year-old girl by lifting an SUV off her.
Newly released dash cam video taken from the cruiser of New Mexico State Police Officer Steve Nunez shows the officer taking action after he discovered the girl trapped under the roof of a black Ford sports utility vehicle around 8 a.m. on May 8.
The girl, who, according to local reports, was not wearing a seat belt when the SUV overturned, was found laying face down with the roof of the SUV covering three quarters of her body.
After Nunez was unable to lift the vehicle using a jack, he flagged down passing motorists as he continued to monitor the young girl, according to authorities.
“At that moment he thought that the girl actually appeared to stop breathing and then she gasped again,” New Mexico State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told l ABC News affiliate KOAT.
The dash cam video shows Officer Nunez flagging down drivers who quickly abandoned their vehicles to help.
Nunez and four of those good Samaritans grabbed hold of the SUV’s rear bumper and tilted the vehicle enough so they could pull the girl out safely.
The girl was taken by an air ambulance to University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment. Police said she was in serious but stable condition. They did not release information on her specific injuries.
New Mexico State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.