Horrifying footage shows the moment a 2-year-old girl fell from the back of her mother’s moving van because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
It was only for the quick-thinking actions of an Oklahoma officer that the girl avoided being run over after he plucked her to safety.
Tulsa County Deputy John Harris was carrying out a traffic stop on Monday night and was less than 30 feet away when he spotted the toddler falling out the vehicle.
Horrifying footage shows the moment a 2-year-old girl, (circled), fell from the back of her mother’s moving van because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt
He later ran into the road with moving traffic and brought the toddler back to his patrol car.
Harris told ABC12: ‘I was only 20 or 30 feet , I saw it happen. She was just terrified,
‘She had no idea what had just happened to her, and as I scoop her up, she just looks up at me. I’ll just never forget that face,’ he said.
Tulsa County Deputy John Harris was carrying out a traffic stop on Monday night and was less than 30 feet away when he spotted the toddler falling out the vehicle
Harris took the toddler back to his patrol car. Her mother came over and got her shortly after she had realized what occurred.
She allegedly admitted that her daughter and her other children were not in car seats or were strapped in to the vehicle.
‘I know after speaking with the mom that she was very thankful.’We were all just happy that the little girl was OK. I mean, that was the main point: that she’s OK.’
The unidentified mother was driving on Monday night in North Tulsa, Oklahoma and admitted none of the children in the vehicle were strapped in
The 2-year-old received scratches and cuts due to the fall and the mother noticed and ran over to the deputy’s car to get her when he picked her up
Tulsa County Deputy John Harris grabbed the toddler and brought her to his patrol car
The 2-year-old received scratches and cuts due to the fall. Her mother received a ticket. However she was not arrested or charged as the incident was the result of an accident.
Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado told the outlet: ‘Although serious, it wasn’t a tragedy, and it could have been a lot worse.
‘We hope that the mother will take this as a life lesson and buckle her children up later.’
Regalado praised Harris’ heroic actions on the day and said he risks his life every day to save other people while policing the streets.
However Harris claimed it was simply fortunate that he was there at the right time.