Former UFC Fighter Brendan Schaub Says He Saved 3 Children from Fatal Car Crash

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 18, 2021

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 31: Comedian Brendan Schaub performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on December 31, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images)
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Former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub says he helped save three children after a fatal car crash last week.

Speaking on his podcast, The Fighter and The Kid, Schaub said (9:00 mark) he noticed the crash while driving to dinner with his wife. He pulled over when they saw a young child waving his arms for help at the scene of the crash and then sprung into action as he noticed two more children in the car and gasoline pouring from the tractor-trailer that it collided with.

“My shoes, my jeans, are all covered with gas because I’m running. It smells so much like gas. … I get to the car and the car's all f--kin' mangled. And there's one other guy who's on the scene, maybe it's the truck driver, I'm not sure," Schaub said. "... There's two kids. There's a bigger kid that keeps going 'I don’t want to die, I don't want to die.' I told him 'You’re not gonna die, buddy. You're not gonna die.' ... So, I grab the door, but it's mangled from the crash, so it's intertwined with the car. I try to pull it down but I can’t. ... So I break the window—it's already broke, I'm not Captain f--kin' America—so I'm pulling all the shattered glass, I take the kid through. ... His little brother, who's probably 2 1/2 or 3, I unbuckle him and I get him out of the car. 

“I look at the other guy and I go, "Hey, is there is anybody in the car?" He says I think there is one other person in the front. ... I look and in the front is a lady who passed away. Brain matter everywhere, blood everywhere and the kid is going  'Mama, Mama.'"

The children did not suffer major injuries, per TMZ.

Cesar Iban Torres has been charged with the murder of Aimee Garcia, the mother of the children, per KABC. Torres is alleged to have intentionally driven the SUV into oncoming traffic and then attempted to flee officers who arrived on the scene.

The 31-year-old is charged with one count of murder, four counts each of attempted murder and child abuse, assault and resisting arrest.

Schaub fought in UFC from 2010 to 2014 before retiring from MMA to pursue a career in comedy.