Several people were nearly killed yesterday when a drunk-driver crashed through Pastor Eric Johnson’s home while family and friends were gathered. The car flew into the living room and turned sideways forcing Princess Goodwin and her 2-month old goddaughter up against a wall.
The vehicle would have killed 2-month old Kendall if Goodwin had not instantly raised the baby above her head, sacrificing herself to save the child. Goodwin had only seconds to make the decision to holdup the baby. She remembers, “I think the normal instinct would have been to cover, but I raised her… I think it was nothing but God who lifted her over.”
The child was rescued with only a scratch on her eye from her place in Goodwin’s arms. Goodwin herself remained pinned under the frame of the car and screaming for help. With literally their bare hands, Pastor Johnson and others were able to break through the wall to pull Goodwin out from underneath the car.
The heroic actions of the family and Princess Goodwin are a shining example of how selfless people can be, even in the face of disaster. The family believes it was God who intervened to save the lives of those endangered in the Desoto home, using this story of near-death as an article of faith.
Thankfully, the police were able to find the drunk driver that caused the chaos. The Desoto police have arrested Karen Howe, administrative assistant for the school district, for driving while intoxicated.