Jamie Foxx is many things: an Academy-Award winning actor, TV star, and singer. But his heroism at a car crash near his home in Los Angeles proved none of his accolades bar him from risking his life to save another’s.
ABC News reported that 32-year-old Brett Kyle was driving in Foxx’s neighborhood while under the influence on Monday night. After hitting a drainage ditch while driving at a high speed, Kyle’s car turned over and burst into flames. Two witnesses ran to help, one of them being Foxx.
“Jamie didn’t hesitate,” a member of Foxx’s team told ABC News. “He jumped out and ran to the car.”
Foxx helped extricate Kyle from the burning car by using the other witness’s EMT scissors to cut the seat belt, and pull him out.
Not everyone has the courage to do this, let alone for a stranger, but Foxx is not seeking praise for his actions.
“I’m not a hero, but had to do something,” he said.
When recounting the event to reporters, he made sure to note that Kyle was “a fighter,” which, in the situation, helped Foxx help him.
He reiterated his humility on Instagram the following day.
“Met the father of the young man from last night today,” he wrote. “This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother’s life was spared last night. God had his arms wrapped around all of us…No heroes…Just fathers.”
Kyle is alive and being treated for injuries that include trauma to his head, chest, neck, and waist and burns.
According USA Today, the driver has been arrested for driving under the influence.
The crash remains under investigation.
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