- 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.
Fitchburg is about 50 miles north west of Boston, just south of the New Hampshire border.
Alert when rescuers arrived, Tito and his son were taken to a local hospital and discharged later Thursday morning, ABC reported.
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.
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.