Katherine Bejlovec and her family were traveling home from the state fair when she and her son saw the crash on W. National Avenue. She said she then pulled over, and she and her son jumped into action.
“It was horrible, I was shaking," Bejlovec said.
"I had my three grandkids in the car and I was thinking about it, had it been two seconds he would have hit us," she continued.
According to police, the driver of the truck ran from the scene while leaving his passenger who Bejlovec’s son, Thomas Parbs-Slawson, tried to assist. The officer involved in the crash was also injured and so was a woman walking on the sidewalk --she was hit by the truck as it rolled over.
“We were so close," Thomas Parbs Slawson said.
"You could hear it and you could even feel the impact," he continued.
That feeling prompted Parbs-Slawson, a former U.S. Marine, to act and he pulled the passenger of the truck to safety. He described the moment as a teachable one for his three children who watched from the car.
“This is the reality of what can happen and you always need to be aware of your surroundings," Parbs-Slawson said.
"You learn [this] in the military and I love to teach [my kids] as they're getting older," he continued.
Police later caught the driver and arrested him on suspicion of operating while intoxicated and hit and run.