- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Reggie Owens, a football player for South Carolina State University, is being hailed a hero after he rushed to the aid of three injured children upon witnessing a horrific DUI crash.

Mr. Owens said he was heading home to Savannah early Easter morning when he witnessed the three-vehicle wreck at the intersection of West Gwinnett Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 1:45 a.m.

According to Georgia State Patrol, three young children were thrown from a vehicle after being broadsided by another vehicle. Frederick Cobbs, 41, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after witnesses said he ran a red light at the intersection, HBCU Sports reported.

“The guy was drunk,” Mr. Owens, 21, told a local NBC affiliate. “He ran the red light.”

Mr. Owens said he stopped his car to see if anyone needed help and saw a child lying on the ground behind the car as it began to roll backward. He said he heard another child cry as he began to pull the other one to safety.

“As I’m holding him, I start to look in the middle of the road and I see a two-year-old laying on the street,” Mr. Owens told the station. “He’s bleeding the worst of the three, actually. I had to stop what I was doing to go to him and help him out the most.”

Doctors told Mr. Owens that if he hadn’t slowed the bleeding, the 2-year-old wouldn’t have survived, the NBC affiliate reported. The boy’s mother now calls him her family’s angel, the station said.

Mr. Owens‘ coach, Buddy Pough, said he wasn’t surprised to hear it was Mr. Owens who performed such a heroic act.

“Sounds like Reggie,” Mr. Pough said. “I mean, the second I heard I thought ‘Well, it doesn’t sound like anyone but Reg.’”

On Sunday, the family involved in the accident tracked Mr. Owens down through Facebook and invited him to formally meet the children. He was able to meet the 7- and 5-year-olds and get an update on the 2-year-old, who is expected to recover upon undergoing multiple surgeries, the station reported.

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