HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A judge has released the body camera video of a daring rescue over the summer when a pregnant woman was freed from a burning car on an interstate.
On July 2, 2021, Kwanelle Parker was driving on Interstate 77 near Gilead Road in Huntersville when he noticed a car engulfed in flames in the expressway. Inside the car was 37-year-old Jamie Sicard, who was seven months pregnant — and unconscious.
Parker ran across the road carrying a fire extinguisher to the car. He pulled Sicard out of the vehicle and carried her to the other side of the road, saving her life and the life of her unborn child.
“When I seen that car burning, it just made sense to me,” Parker said.
On Wednesday, authorities released video of the incredible encounter.
>>Channel 9 anchor Allison Latos will have the body camera footage and the reunion between Sicard and Parker at 5:30 p.m. on Eyewitness News.
NEW: I went to court & petitioned for @CMPD body camera video showing the intense rescue of a pregnant woman from her burning car.
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— Allison Latos (@AllisonWSOC9) January 12, 2022
‘Forever grateful’: Woman recounts rescue from burning car by good Samaritan
Sicard said she doesn’t remember the crash or the fire, but she will never forget how those strangers saved her.
“For him to risk his life, for me. You know, words just can’t express,” she said.
Parker was driving on I-77 when he came upon a car engulfed in flames on the expressway.
“That’s when I just immediately kicked into action and jumped out the truck and went to assist,” Parker said.
He ran across the wet road carrying a fire extinguisher to the car.
“I opened the door and inside the car was a lady passed out,” he said. “And that’s when I immediately put the fire extinguisher down and jumped in the car to pull her out.”
Parker said as soon as they got her to the side of the road, firefighters arrived.
“The officer, he said, ‘Man, you saved this lady’s life. And not only did you save her life, you saved a kid’s life too,’” Parker said.
Sicard said she doesn’t remember the impact or the flames. She only remembers the ride to the hospital, where she was still being monitored when she first talked to Channel 9 because she was seven months pregnant and high-risk.
>> The body camera video authorities have released can be found here.
“It wasn’t a stroke or a heart attack. There was a substantial amount of carbon monoxide in my bloodstream, of course, from the smoke,” Sicard said.
Thankfully, Sicard and her baby are OK — only a few burns tell of the scare they survived. She stayed in the hospital until she delivered a few weeks later. A few months later, she met and thanked Parker for bravely putting his life in danger to save hers.
“To just go ahead and pull me out — it’s amazing. It takes a lot of courage,” Sicard said. “I don’t know them at all but I would just say, I will be forever grateful because you know, you didn’t have to do that.”
Jurnee, Sicard’s second child, was born weighing 4 pounds and 10 ounces. Sicard told Channel 9 in August that both she and her daughter are doing well.
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