TAMPA BAY, Fla. (CNN) – A Florida teenager is being called a hero for saving a man who was severely injured in a car crash.
Alec Leslie thinks of himself as a typical teen.
He’s a senior at East Bay High School, loves his ROTC classes and is working toward being an Eagle Scout.
However, what he did one mid-October night moved him from average to extraordinary.
Leslie told WFLA said, “I just think it was good that I was there.”
While driving north on I-75, he came across what looked like a van buried in the rush on the side of the road.
He said, “I walked up to the car and I could see a silhouette. I swung open the door, a bunch of fumes came out, steam, lots of different smells came out. It was an unconscious driver.”
That unconscious driver was Brian McNutt.
He was involved in a single-car accident and was all alone on the road until Alec and his friend decided to stop.
Leslie said, “He was sitting in the driver’s seat. He had gone off the road, through the culvert, bounced up into a palm tree.”
Alec Leslie was responsible for keeping McNutt calm and awake.
He said, “He regained consciousness and I gave him a little bit. I said, ‘Sir, you’ve been in a car accident. My name is Alec.”
The only thing that kept McNutt alert and alive until paramedics arrived was Leslie talking to him about his family.
He had no idea just how badly hurt the man was when he pulled McNutt from the car.
Now, Brian McNutt is doing much better but he is still in the hospital two months after the accident.
McNutt said, “I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll have moments where I’m literally in tears.”
Leslie now visits McNutt on a regular basis.
McNutt said, “I truly don’t. I don’t know how to thank you.”
Leslie said, “You’ve blessed me with being a part of your wonderful family.”