Real-Life Hero Danny Trejo Rescued A Special Needs Child From A Car Wreck

Danny Trejo is a successful TV, film, and voice actor who is as beloved as he is prolific. Seriously, his IMDB list is longer than a CVS receipt. You may remember Trejo from such iconic roles as Navajas in Desperado (1995), Razor Charlie in From Dusk Till Dawn 1-3, and Machete in Planet Terror/Grindhouse (2007). He’s also appeared on Stargate: Atlantis, NYPD Blue, and Walker, Texas Ranger. Whether you recognize him or not, this actor is everywhere. And now, he can add real-life hero to his lengthy resume.

CNN reported that Trejo saved a baby in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The actor witness a car accident: One car was overturned during the crash, and he noticed that a baby boy was still inside alive, safe, and strapped into his car seat.

He sprang into action. Trejo cleared away debris, and, with the help of another good Samaritan, was able to rescue the baby. The child’s grandmother was driving the car, and was rescued by local firefighters.

The baby, who has special needs, was understandably very afraid, but Trejo soothed him as his grandmother was saved. “He was panicked. I said OK, we have to use our superpowers. So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers.’ I said ‘do this, with the muscles. He said ‘muscles.’ We got kind of a bond. I kept facing him away from the accident,” Trejo told ABC affiliate KABC-7.

Trejo also said that he noticed a car run a red light — not the car containing the baby and grandmother. “Pay attention,” he warned, while noting that “the only thing that saved that little kid was his car seat, honest to God.”

The story quickly went viral, with fans lauding Trejo’s heroism, as well as reaffirming the importance of seatbelts and car seats.

Meagan Fredette

Written by Meagan Fredette