A 25-year-old man is being hailed a hero by family members after he saved his four-year-old son and others from being struck by a truck on Sunday night.
The accident occurred on Buffalo Valley Road in Cookeville around 8:45 p.m. as Anthony Guffey and several others were walking alongside the road.
In an effort to prevent his son and other young children from being hit by the vehicle, Guffey was knocked into a ditch.
“[I am] so happy and proud of what he done and he is still with us today,” sister Crystal Williams said.
Guffey was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with serious head injuries.
“It was a really close shot and we about lost him and he fought and he is a fighter and he is a good man and good father and glad to say he is my brother and still with us. I am proud of him. [He] reacted like a father should to save his child and other people's children and that is like him. He thinks of others before himself,” Williams said.
Police told Nashville's News 2 at the time of the collision the group was walking with their backs to traffic.
The driver of the pickup truck, Austin Miller, did not see the pedestrians.
The posted speed limit posted along the roadway is 35 miles-per-hour.
Authorities said they do not believe drugs, alcohol or speed played a role in the accident.
Miller has not been charged and told police he had just gotten off work when the incident occurred.
When first admitted to the hospital Sunday night, Guffey was on a ventilator, but his family said he is making a quick recovery.
He could be discharged later this week.
A second adult who was walking with Guffey was also injured in the accident. She was transported to an area hospital and treated and released.
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