OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A Missouri man is recovering from serious injuries after he was pinned underneath his SUV’s tire Saturday in Omaha.
Jason Schmitt, his wife and son and his son’s friend stopped at McAllister’s Deli near 124th and W Center Road Saturday night. The four were on their way to drop off Schmitt’s son’s friend back home.
Schmitt said he put the car in reverse, and when the GMC Envoy wouldn’t go back into drive, he knew the bushing connector had broken off.
While leaving the car still running, Schmitt got underneath his vehicle to fix the problem he had fixed so many times before. He told 6 News he’s very mechanically inclined.
“I wasn’t even thinking, just trying to get it done as soon as possible, so we could get to the parts store,” said Schmitt.
However, this time, things went awry. Schmitt said the jack under the vehicle slipped, causing the SUV to move forward, thus pinning his head to the ground. Luckily, he was able to get himself unstuck.
“I made a stupid mistake, and I paid for it. I’m just lucky that it didn’t cost my life,” said Schmitt.
It was when copious amounts of blood started to pour out that Schmitt’s wife Michele really knew something was wrong.
“It was just really scary,” said Michele.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene and took Schmitt to the hospital. He was considered to be in serious condition due to having high blood pressure and being on blood thinners.
Schmitt and his family have since returned to Springfield, Missouri, where they’re from, but Schmitt considers himself lucky to be alive, which is why he’s telling his story.
Schmitt encourages others to think twice before reacting and take necessary precautions to ensure everything is being done safely.
The pain, though, wasn’t the hardest part. Schmitt said it was knowing his family watched it all unfold.
“It was scarier for my family to have to see it,” said Schmitt.
It will take a while for Schmitt’s injuries to heal. His wife even took Monday off to help care for his wounds.
Schmitt said he is incredibly grateful for the emergency responders and the hospital staff who quickly tended to his injuries.