California Husband Recovering After Pushing Pregnant Wife From Path of Speeding Truck

Aaron Gutierrez and his family

A seriously injured father of three is being hailed as a hero after he pushed his pregnant wife from the path of a speeding truck.

Aaron Gutierrez and his family had just finished celebrating his 6-year-old son’s birthday at a local pizzeria in Fresno, California, when they hopped on a bus to return home on the night of January 5. The bus dropped them off just a short walk away, and as Gutierrez, his mother, pregnant wife and the couple’s two other children talked about their fun night during their stroll, a speeding blue Toyota Tacoma ran a red light and spun out of control—right towards Gutierrez and his loved ones.

Recognizing the immediate danger they were in, Gutierrez took action and shoved his wife out of the truck’s path as he carried their 1-year-old son in his arms.

“I heard a big bang, I looked over my shoulder and I saw the truck flying towards us, I looked at my wife, and it was heading right towards her direction,” Gutierrez, 31, tells PEOPLE. “I knew I was going to get hit, and I put my son as high as I could, and I got hit. Luckily enough, I played football for so many years so I was able to cuddle my son into my hands when I flew into the building. After that, I blacked out.”

When Gutierrez awoke, he heard his then-7-year-old daughter screaming, “Mommy is dead!” He then saw both his wife and mother sprawled out on the asphalt.

“I tried to stand so I could go beat the kid up, to be honest—he almost killed my kids,” he says. “But that’s when I realized my injuries and that my leg was broken.”

His wife was spared any major injuries to herself or her unborn baby, while Gutierrez’s mother was sent to the ICU after she suffered a bleeding brain and a broken back. Gutierrez himself suffered a broken shoulder along with his injured leg, but the couple’s three children were unharmed during the incident.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jason Duaine Hahn