Two teens in Illinois saved a one-year-old baby girl from a car crash, but they don't want praise. Instead, they think they just did what any person should have done.
On their way home from visiting a friend in Minooka sixteen-year-old Hunter Hasenjaeger and seventeen-year-old Collin Barry came upon a car crash. Upon pulling over, they heard other people at the scene screaming, "There's baby in the car." They told Inside Edition, "We could hear the baby screaming and crying."
Without hesitation, they ran up to the car to see if they could help the infant. Hasenjaeger turned on the flashlight on his phone and looked into the car. Barry quickly went inside the car, and he took the baby to safety.
The baby quickly settled into Barry's arm, as if sensing that she was safe. “We took her out, and she quit crying,” Barry said. "The baby was so peaceful like she wasn’t crying or anything, so if the family was gonna see [what happened], just wanted them to know the baby wasn’t freaking out or anything."
While Barry took care of the baby, Hasenjaeger tried to comfort the mother, twenty-seven-year-old Alexis Danley. “I just kept telling the mom that her baby was OK and that she was OK and that she’d be fine,” Hasenjaeger said. “She couldn’t really respond, but I knew that she most likely heard me.”
Unfortunately, there wasn't anything they were able to do for Danley—who was six months pregnant—and she died at the scene. Danley's death came as a result of being hit by a car traveling in the opposite direction. A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by twenty-three-year-old Jacob Kaminski, hit her before spinning and hitting another vehicle—who were not harmed. Kaminski was arrested on suspicion that he had been driving under the influence of marijuana, which they also found in the vehicle.
“It makes me angry that someone would be so selfish and put other people’s lives in danger,” says Hasenjaeger.
Danley's daughter was later transported to the hospital and released to family members. Since the accident Hasenjaeger hasn't forgotten about the baby girl he saved. Inside Edition shares that he visited Danley’s family, bringing lasagne and brownies for the family and a teddy bear for the baby.
He also told Inside Edition that he's praying for the family, and he encourages others to do the same.
Since they saved the baby's life, people have been telling the two teens that they're heroes, but they don't think they did anything out of the ordinary. "I think that’s what anyone would do — what anyone should do," said Barry.
Hasnjaeger added, "I don’t think I’m a hero in any way... That’s how me and Collin are every day, just trying to help people."
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