SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - A 17-year-old Salt Lake City student is being credited with saving a life after spotting a crash on his way home from school.
Felix Ortiz noticed the rolled-over car on the 600 North on-ramp to I-15 shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
He pulled over, got out and went to check on the driver after realizing first responders had yet to show up. He saw that the driver wasn’t breathing and started CPR. He says he was doing compressions for about a minute, when the driver started coughing. Ortiz, who is a junior at West High School, stayed on scene for a short time until he was cleared by the fire department.
We caught up with him outside of his school and he tells us he is just thankful to have been able to be in the right place at the right time.
The family of the victim, who asked that he not be named, says he suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash. We sat down exclusively with his son, David Carlson, and his daughter, Sarah Birch. Both say they feel blessed that people stopped to look after their Dad and that Ortiz was able to step in to save his life.
The family is looking forward to meeting Ortiz, so they can say thank you, in person.