Former Zoey 101 actor Matthew Underwood saved an infant boy from a serious car crash after the child’s parents passed out from a suspected drug overdose.
The 25-year-old actor leapt into action after seeing a 2003 white Saturn blow past a stop sign and swerve across six lanes of traffic before crashing into a tree.
Underwood immediately ran up to the vehicle to find the two parents unconscious, as well as the unharmed four-month-old infant — according to police report obtained by TMZ. The actor’s brother, Joshua, called 911.
The incident took place in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Local law enforcement say, in a press release, they found two individuals. Jessica Ruth Hand, 34, was found “unconscious behind the wheel of the car with a syringe in her arm” and John Jacob Rodriguez, 34, was found “unconscious in the back seat with a syringe next to him and an infant boy in an unsecured car seat alongside him.”
Reflecting on the incident, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., Underwood told WPTV.com,“I heard a baby cry and that’s when I immediately ran around the other side of the car and looked for the baby.”
“[Underwood] removed the infant boy and placed him next to the officer on scene,” the press release reads.
The statement from the police department reveals that “while at the hospital, police found Rodriquez to be in possession of an unmarked bottle containing 38 pills, which turned out to be Alprazolam (a controlled substance). A broken pipe, suspected to be used for smoking narcotics, was also found on Rodriguez.”
According to the police report, Hand confessed to purchasing heroin the night of the accident and “decided to try heroin” that evening.
“I hope they can get rehabilitated,” Underwood said of the parents. “I hope they can wake up and want their child back so much, want their life together, that they’ll get clean.”
The baby has since been turned over to a family member.