A 22-year-old Virginia woman summoned some superhero strength to lift a BMW off her father, who became pinned under the car while trying to fix a blown tire on it.
Lauren Kornacki, a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington, said she went outside to ask to borrow the car on Saturday. “I didn’t hear my dad, so I went back inside and asked my mom where he was,” Kornacki said.
When she went outside to look again for her father, Alec Kornacki, 52, she found him stuck under the BMW. “I guess the way he was moving the car with his wrench, the jack slipped and it fell on top of him,” Kornacki said. “He was unconscious and his arm was caught over his chest.”
Kornacki, who played basketball for three years and works as a pool manager, tried to rescue her father. She may have been running on pure adrenaline.
“I just literally lifted up the car. It was like a table with a short leg. It kind of balanced it back out and shifted enough to free my dad,” Kornacki said, adding that she didn’t consider the feat to be “Hulk-like.”
Once Alec Kornacki was freed from beneath the car, Lauren began doing chest compressions. “I didn’t even get through a full set before he started breathing again,” she said.
The elder Kornacki was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where is being treated for five fractured ribs, a fractured sternum and vertebrae. He has also lost some feeling in his right arm, but is expected to regain full use in a couple of months, Lauren said.
Lauren, who said she is her father’s “mini-me,” insisted she doesn’t consider herself a hero. “My dad means everything to me,” she said. “I’m having a hard time with this attention.”