“I probably would have died there,” Uribe said.
Uribe’s wife and the children’s mother died in a wreck in May near the family’s home.
Since his wife’s death, the Peaster community, North Main Church of Christ and the entire community around Weatherford has stepped up to assist and support the family.
But Uribe believes his children would have been left parentless if not for Sims.
“Thank God that somebody stopped,” Uribe said. “They said there was cars passing by but no one stopped [except for Sims].”
“She was my angel,” Uribe said.
As they waited for paramedics, Sims sheltered Uribe in her car, checked him for any visible injuries and called his family for him.
Uribe was transported to the hospital but had very minor injuries, such as a few scratches and bruising to his ribs.
Sims said she doesn’t typically pay attention to wrecks on the freeway and doesn’t know why she slowed down and looked over.
“It was just God,” Sims said. “It’s the only way I can explain the whole situation.”
She’s never had any kind of emergency training, such as CPR, or been in a similar situation but a friend’s previous reminders to stay calm and not panic and the prayer she prayed before she reached the truck helped her stay calm, according to Sims.
“I just hope anyone would help another human being,” Sims said, who said she gained a friend from the incident.
Friday night, Sims met Uribe in person for the first time since the wreck, though they’ve talked several times on the phone since the incident.
Uribe’s children, 8-year-old Eliazar, 10-year-old Elizabeth and 12-year-old Elias Jr., read Sims letters they wrote to thank her.
“Thank you for your bravery and your love for others,” Elizabeth wrote, thanking Sims for pulling her father from his truck.