AMAZING BOY: 8-YEAR-OLD BOY JOSHUA GARCIA ESCAPES CAR THAT PLUNGED INTO RIVER, SWIMS AHORE AND WALK A MILE TO CALL 911 TO HIS SAVE FATHER, BUT FATHER MAY FACE CHARGES

 Drenched: Joshua Garcia, 8, ran almost a mile home while barefoot and soaking wet to have his mother call 911, saving his father's life

  • The car landed upside down in the middle of a river
  • The young boy is being hailed by local authorities as a hero
  • The child is in state custody pending an investigation into the crash

By Ryan Gorman

An 8-year-old Massachusetts boy is being hailed as a hero for saving his father’s life after a Thursday car accident – but his father might not have such a happy ending.

Joshua Garcia waded through a river and scampered barefoot a mile to his home where he had his mother call 911 following a car accident early Thursday morning. While his son is being hailed as a hero, the boy’s father may face criminal charges.

The boy was in the car with his father, Eugene Garcia, when it collided into a guardrail, went airborne, flipped and landed upside down in the middle of the Nashua River at about 3am Thursday morning, officials told ABC News. Luckily for the two, the car landed on a sandbank.

 
Hero: 8-year-old Joshua Garcia saved his father's life after an early Thursday morning car accident that saw the car flip and land on its roof in the Nashua RiverHero: 8-year-old Joshua Garcia saved his father’s life after an early Thursday morning car accident that saw the car flip and land on its roof in the Nashua River

 ‘He is a hero,’ Fitchburg Police Department Officer Paul McNamara told ABC.

Fitchburg is about 50 miles north west of Boston, just south of the New Hampshire border.

 ‘I’m really proud of him,’ Joshua’s aunt Priscila Columna told CBS Boston, ‘he was brave.’

Alert when rescuers arrived, Tito and his son were taken to a local hospital and discharged later Thursday morning, ABC reported.

 
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 Saved: Joshua Garcia, 8, saved his father, Eugene ‘Tito’ Garcia, after their car slammed into a guardrail, flipped and plunged into the Nashua River – Tito may face charges stemming from the accident
Smashed: Investigators fish the Garcias' car out of the Nashua River in Fitchburg, MASmashed: Investigators fish the Garcias’ car out of the Nashua River in Fitchburg, MA

 Family members told CBS Boston that the father drinks massive amounts of energy drinks and doesn’t get much sleep between working a lot and being in the midst of a move.

‘He usually drinks a lot of Red Bull,’ said Rigoberto Guardado, whose daughter is married to Tito. ‘Sometimes he don’t even sleep.’

Officials told ABC that excessive speeding may be the cause of the accident, but would not comment on the ongoing investigation or any potential charges until they are filed in court, which was closed for the July 4 holiday.

 
Gone: The section of guardrail where Eugene Garcia drove into the Nashua River is no longer there, his 8-year-old son Joshua is credited with saving his lifeGone: The section of guardrail where Eugene Garcia drove into the Nashua River is no longer there, his 8-year-old son Joshua is credited with saving his life

 

 
Drenched: Joshua Garcia, 8, ran almost a mile home while barefoot and soaking wet to have his mother call 911, saving his father's lifeDrenched: Joshua Garcia, 8, ran almost a mile home while barefoot and soaking wet to have his mother call 911, saving his father’s life

 Joshua Garcia is currently in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, according to ABC.

This is not the first time a car has plunged into the Nashua River in the same town this year. An elderly couple’s car plunged into the  shallow river, they also were both saved by emergency responders, according to multiple reports.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356595/Child-8-saves-father-s-life-car-accident-father-face-charges.html#ixzz2Y9HCWuKn
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