After former UFC Fighter Brendan Schaub publicly stated he helped save three children from a fatal accident reportedly caused by their father, OK! can exclusively reveal that the California Highway Patrol has reached out to him for more details.
A representative for the California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area, tells OK! they are aware of Schaub's statements made on his podcast The Fighter and The Kid. "Our investigators have been in touch with him and plan to get a statement in the next few days," the rep told OK! on Wednesday, August 18. "As of now, the CHP has not received a statement from Mr. Schaub."
(OK! recieved the statement at 5:52PM ET. However, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of an alleged direct message conversation with a social media account appearing to belong to the California Highway Patrol, West Valley, at 5:28 — timezone unknown — in which the department stated the comedian had come to their station and provided a statement.)
Schaub revealed that he and his wife were driving off the 101 by Encino, Calif., on Thursday, August 12, when the pair came across an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a 2003 Lincoln. "There’s a car mangled, and a 6 or 7-year-old on top of the car like this, yelling for help,” the ex-UFC heavyweight said, waving his arms around. “He’s pointing down, I look in and there’s two other kids in the car. So I pull up, there’s like debris everywhere.”
"I’m running toward the mangled car, and I see a guy with no shoes on, he’s in a wifebeater ... running across the 101," Schaub said. "I’m looking and a Dodge Durango, probably going 60 miles an hour, whack, hits him."
Noting the area was flooding with gas from the 18-wheeler, Schaub realized he was putting himself in serious danger by getting involved. "I’m like, God this isn’t safe. In my head, I’m like, 'F**k, I have kids man, I can’t go out like this," the comedian recalled, "but I’m thinking of those kids."
"That guy who got hit pops up and crosses over the other lane, but as he pops up, he looks at me and has this crazy look in his eyes," Schaub continued, "and I'm like, 'what in the f**k is up with that, man?"
Schaub said he and another person on the scene managed to break a window in order to help the kids, but he was horrified to see the children's mother deceased in the front seat. "I look in the front, there's a lady who passed away, brain matter everywhere, blood everywhere," Schaub tearfully explained. "The kid is going, 'Mama, Mama', I said, 'Bubba, look at me, look at me, don’t look over there' because he was so young, it would have completely f***ed him up."
The You'd Be Surprised star said a woman emerged on the scene, and he instructed that person to take two of the children away — and in the opposite direction, so that they wouldn't see their mother. Schaub noted that he also told the oldest child, "You’re so brave, you’re such a bad-ass man, I’m so proud of you ... you’re the reason I stopped and got your brothers."
“My father-in-law, CHP, I call him and tell him, I’m like, I was the first one on the scene but I didn’t stick around because it was so dangerous,” Schaub during his podcast. “Hopefully I don’t get in trouble for it but if you need any witnesses, I saw it all. And he goes, ‘Okay, well, keep me posted, they’re going to need your report.”
The King and the Sting cohost claimed he was later contacted by the authorities. “[I] get a call from the LAPD, CHP, after that, give them whatever, everything I saw,” Schaub continued. “I said, what the f**k happened, man? And they said that guy you saw get hit by the car woke up [and] told his kids, 'we’re all going to heaven today," noting the father "went into traffic and decided he was going to kill the whole family and run into an 18-wheeler."
As OK! previously reported, Cesar Iban Torres has been charged with one count of murder and four counts each of attempted murder and child abuse, in addition to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. His girlfriend, Aimee Garcia, 26, died as a result of the crash, and their four children, ages 1-7, suffered moderate injuries.
A GoFundMe has already raised $55,825 for Garcia's funeral expenses.