JAMIE Foxx has been hailed a hero for saving a man’s life whose truck burst into flames outside his home. Brett Kyle was driving under the influence at “a high rate of speed” in Hidden Valley, California, when his truck flew off the road and into a drainage ditch, rolling multiple times.
The oscar-winner heard the crash and called 911, before dashing out to find the car on its side and up in flames. Foxx and another man broke the car window, cut the seatbelt and pulled the 32-year-old from the wreckage. More after the cut…
Responding to claims he saved the man’s life, the Django Unchained actor said: “I’m not a hero, but I had to do something.” A member of his team confirmed the incident, adding: “Jamie didn’t hesitate. He jumped out and ran to the car.”
Kyle, who was arrested for driving under the influence, suffered major head, chest and neck trauma after the Toyota Tacoma crash.
His family said he is expected to be hospitalised for some time, and have thanked Foxx for stepping in to help. The Dreamgirls actor uploaded an Instagram post of him hugging Kyle’s dad early this morning.
He wrote: “Met the father of the young man from last night today. This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother’s life was spared last night. God had his arms wrapped around all of us… No heroes… Just happy fathers.”
Brad Kyle, the victim’s dad, said he saw a number of cars drive past the burning vehicle on the actor’s home CCTV footage before Foxx rushed to help.
He said: “It doesn’t matter to me who it was or what they do for a living. Just the idea someone would do that is so much more than I could fathom. “He’s got two sisters and a brother. They would have lost their brother if it wasn’t for him.”
Manny Ortiz, Foxx’s property manager, said the Hollywood star suffered minor cuts and burns to his hand during the scramble to get Kyle out.