Jamie Foxx has received a lot of praise after rushing to the aid of a motorist whose truck flipped outside his home. Foxx reportedly rescued Brett Kyle from a burning truck and has since met Kyle’s dad, posting about the moment on Instagram. Foxx insists that he’s not a hero though, even after risking his own well-being to pull Kyle from the wreckage, according to a report by Time.
Kyle’s truck flipped several times after the 32-year-old hit a drainage ditch near Jamie’s home in Hidden Hills, California. Jamie told ABC7, “I’m not a hero but had to do something.” Foxx cut the seatbelt away from Kyle before helping the man to safety. The daring rescue by Foxx took place just minutes before Kyle’s truck became engulfed in flames. Foxx told the news station, “As we pulled him out, within five seconds later, the truck goes up [in flames].”
It turns out that Brett Kyle may have been driving under the influence when he flipped his truck outside Foxx’s home. He was arrested for suspicion of a DUI, according to police. Officers claim that the truck, driven by an inebriated Kyle, was driving above the speed limit when it careened into a ditch and then hit cement and a drainage pipe, causing the 2007 Toyota Tacoma to roll multiple times. Jamie Foxx reportedly heard the accident from inside his home and rushed out to see what had happened. Without hesitation, Foxx came to the aid of the man stuck inside his truck.
Kyle was taken to the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. Kyle suffered major injuries to his head, neck, and chest. After the accident, Brett reportedly knew he had been cut from his seat belt but was not aware of the identity of his rescuer. Kyle remains in intensive care and says he suffered a broken collarbone and a small area of third-degree burns. He has been removed from a breathing machine and is set to recover.
The Ventura County Fire Department wouldn’t confirm if it was indeed Jamie Foxx who came to the rescue of Kyle after the accident. Their statement to Billboard claims, “We did respond to a vehicle accident last night on patrol on Hidden Valley road just after 8:30pm. It was a vehicle — a pickup truck — that overturned, was on fire. About one minute before the fire engine company got there, it was reported that the driver of the vehicle had been rescued from the vehicle by a civilian rescuer.”
That didn’t stop Brett’s dad, Brad Kyle, from commenting on Jamie Foxx’s heroics. The elder Kyle was seen hugging Foxx in an Instagram photo posted by the actor. The caption read, “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.”
Despite his claim of not being a hero, Jamie has been very forthcoming about details of his car wreck rescue. After hearing the accident outside his home and hearing calls for help, Foxx said he rushed to the man’s aid. Jamie Foxx recounted to ABC7 that he told Kyle Brett, “‘You gotta help me get you out because I don’t want to have to leave you.’ I said, ‘You got angels around you. You have angels around you.'”
Jamie Foxx has been regarded a hero whether he likes the title or not. Foxx could have ignored Kyle and went about his day but he came to the man’s aid. Foxx has been given credit for saving Brett’s life, and no one is more thankful for that than Brett’s dad, Brad Kyle.
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