Brendan Schaub saved three children from a horrific car wreck last week after their father purposely drove the wrong way down the highway in an attempt to kill his entire family. The former UFC fighter recounted the horrifying incident, detailing his heroics on his podcast, “The Fighter and the Kid.”
According to the 38-year-old MMA fighter, Schaub and his girlfriend were driving to a restaurant for date night when she spotted a mangled car and a wrecked 18-wheeler on the side of the road. Schaub slowed down, noticing a child on top of the totaled vehicle screaming for help. Despite his father-in-law advising him against stopping during traffic accidents, Brendan Schaub sprung into action.
The former UFC star-turned comedian parked his car on the side of the highway and sprinted toward the scene. While running for the vehicle, Schaub noticed a man in a white tank top running into the highway before he was slammed by a car going 60 miles per hour. The man got up and continued past the median, fleeing from the scene.
Brendan Schaub continued his tale, explaining that he got to the mangled 2003 Lincoln, which was soaked in gasoline. He then broke the window of the car door and helped the three children inside escape the scene. He also remembered seeing the children’s mom dead in the passenger seat.
Acting quickly, Schaub handed the children off to a woman who had responded to the scene, demanding that she take the children far away from the crash. The 18-wheeler was spilling gasoline onto the road and the situation seemed dire.
Once the children were safe, Brendan Schaub returned to his vehicle and left the scene. Immediately following the incident, Schaub called his father-in-law who works for the California Highway Patrol. The former UFC fighter told his father-in-law what happened during the incident and said he would be readily available for any reports the authorities needed to make.
After the incident was over, Brendan Schaub learned that the man in the white tank top was the children’s father and that he had planned to kill his family that morning. The father reportedly told his kids that “we are all going to Heaven,” before taking the fatal road trip. The father then purposely drove into oncoming traffic, aiming head-first into the 18-wheeler.
After the incident, the father fled from the car and police. Officers had to tase him before they were able to take him into custody. The father was subsequently charged for murder, according to authorities.
All four children survived the car wreck, however, their mother, Aimee Garcia, died. The family set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Garcia’s funeral expenses. The fund has since raised more than $45,000.
“On Thursday, August 12, 2021, my niece Aimee García (26) was Killed In Wrong-Way Driving Collision With Big Rig On 101 Freeway In Encino. She leaves behind four beautiful children all under the age of 8,” Angie Fuentes wrote on the GoFundMe page. “She was a loving, caring mother, unfortunately, she was a victim of domestic violence for many years and yesterday the aggressor fulfilled his objective and enter the freeway the wrong way intentionally killing my niece.”
“Thank God the children are fine but very traumatized,” Fuentes admitted. “We are asking for help for burial expenses anything you can help us with will be greatly appreciated. R.I.P My dear Aimee you will be missed terribly.”
During his podcast, Brendan Schaub said that he was looking into ways to help the family and the children after the traumatic incident. He promised to help with the funeral expenses for Aimee Garcia and is looking into creating an education fund for the children.
“I’d like to think most listeners of this show would have done the same thing,” Schaub said during Monday’s episode of “The Fighter and The Kid.” He continued, saying that “I think they would have if they saw those kids. If I was in the same position, I hope somebody would [stop].”
The former UFC fighter admitted that he was finding it hard to sleep after witnessing the tragic event. He said seeing the dead mother in the passenger seat was traumatic for him, let alone for the children.