Heroes who freed mother and child pinned underneath car in Aurora come forward

Several Good Samaritans choose to remain anonymous

AURORA, Colo. - Police now know the identities of all the heroes who lifted a car off of a woman and her child after an accident Monday night.

Aurora police Sgt. Jon Kessler was working off-duty for Wal-mart security when an anonymous person ran to tell him that a white Kia Rio had hit a woman and three children who were crossing East Exposition Avenue, pinning the woman and a toddler underneath.

By the time Kessler ran to the street in front of the Wal-Mart, Aurora police Sgt. Matt Brukbacher was already there.

Brukbacher and Kessler were joined by Good Samaritan Jeffrey Simpson and another bystander who asked to remain anonymous. Together, the four people lifted the Kia to free the mother and her 2-year-old.

"I figured if we didn't get the car off them immediately, there would be some issues of breathing and I don't know if they'd survive," said Brukbacher.

"It was light," Simpson said about the car, "because of the adrenaline."

Kessler grabbed the girl and handed her to Nashelle Gibson, Simpson's step-daughter.

"I took off my hoodie and covered the baby with it," said Gibson.

The driver of the Kia, 52-year-old Aurora resident Michael Lovato, pulled the mother out from under his car while the others held it up. 

Police identified the mother as Kipinga Muanza Kalala, 37. She is recovering in a local hospital from a head injury and several broken bones.

The little girl who was pinned underneath the Kia is still in the hospital being treated for lacerations, abrasions and burns, said Lt. Chuck DeShazer, spokesman for Aurora Police.

The two other children, who are both 4-years-old, were not significantly injured. DeShazer said the twin boys were released from the hospital after being examined.

About the two Good Samaritans who asked to remain anonymous, DeShazer promised to respect their request.

"It should be noted that their contributions to the positive outcome of this potential tragedy cannot be overlooked.  Their actions directly impacted the mitigation of a very precarious situation," he said.

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