Apollo 11: Real-time replay of moonwalk from June 20, 1969
Pinpoint Weather Alert Day: Flash flooding hits metro Denver

Woman hit, pinned under car says she was focused on saving her little girl

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

AURORA, Colo. -- The 37 year old mother of three, who was trapped underneath a car last week in Aurora, is sharing her story of survival.

Kipinga Muanza is thankful to be alive and grateful to the group of heroes that lifted the car off her. She spoke from her hospital bed, to thank everyone for their support, especially the people who freed her from under the car on December 3.

Muanza said she had just picked up her kids from daycare.

They were crossing the street near Exposition and Blackhawk when a car hit them.

She says she pushed her twin boys out of the way and tried to shield her 2-year-old daughter. Muanza said, “when we fell I thought he was going to stop, I tried to cover my baby girl, on my chest, then he went up all the way up to my ribs. I was just praying, 'God help me with my kids.' I was just trying to cover my girl so the car doesn’t go over her.”

Muanza and her daughter were pinned under the car.

She said she doesn’t remember all the people lifting the car off of her. She said she blacked out after hearing a man ask if she was ok.

She may not remember what happened, but she is extremely thankful to everyone who pitched in to save her and her daughter.

She said, “I just want to thank them. I know god put them there to come help us. I just want to thank them and god bless them.” She would like to meet them in person one day and give them a hug.

Muanza still has a long road to recovery ahead of her. She had a severe head injury and broken bones.

But she misses spending time with her children. She said, “They are everything for me. That is why I was trying to protect them.”

She is looking forward to cooking for them and playing with them, and just enjoying time with them. They apparently know what happened. They told Muanza, “They say 'mom the car hit you, the car is not your best friend mommy.'”

The driver of the car was not charged because Muanza and her children were not in a crosswalk and the driver was not speeding and did not leave the scene of the accident.

 

AlertMe
Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.