A California dad recalled the heart-stopping moment he and his young daughter were crossing a crosswalk and realized a speeding driver wasn’t going to stop.

A video captured the “severe hit and run” that took place in Glasswell Park last year.

The Los Angeles Police Department released details of the accident last week. They need help identifying the driver who approached Michael Devore and his 11-year-old daughter at high speeds, reports KTLA.

Devore said he refuses to watch the shocking footage. However, he remembers the day he pushed his daughter out of the harm’s way before the red four-door vehicle hit him instead.

Los Angeles Police Department

The father and daughter were about 16-feet away from making it across the street when he rushed to save the young girl from being struck by the vehicle. Devore told the station:

“I knew right then and there they weren’t going to stop, and my daughter was the one that was in line to be hit.”

Devore was able to protect his daughter from the speeding car, likely to be a Toyota Camry, by shoving her out the way at the last moment.

KTLA

The father suffered a broken leg from the accident while his daughter was only left with a few scratches. DeVore told WTNH:

“I was angry, I was angry. I tried to get up … with a broken femur and it was broke in multiple places.”

Authorities say the young girl’s injuries would have been much worse if DeVore hadn’t acted quickly.

Watch the surveillance video below:

According to KTLA, the LAPD believes a heavy-set, white woman between the ages 60 to 65 was the one driving the vehicle with a disability license plate and didn’t stop to help them.

Police believe Devore and the girl are both lucky to be alive. The father explained to KTLA:

“I’m not a hero, I’m just a dad… I just did what I was supposed to do.”

KTLA

Police are still searching for the driver.

Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run collision can call the LAPD at 877-527-3247 or report an anonymous tip by contacting the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Help the LAPD identify the suspect by watching the video below: 

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