Spokane man becomes unlikely hero after downtown crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane man becomes unlikely hero after downtown crash

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A baby and his parents, along with another driver, are all recovering after a horrific crash downtown. It happened near Sprague and Division just before 10 Sunday night.

The family's van was hit by a driver witnesses claim was going "50 to 60 miles per hour." They were all injured but expected to be okay, and a big reason why is an unlikely hero.

We all have a past, things we wish we could take back.

"I've been in prison the past 17 years," Josh Tangehahl said. 

But few get the opportunity for redemption.

Tangehahl has only been out of prison for three months after serving nearly two decades for manslaughter. 

"I'm on work release right now," he said. "I was on my way back."

The clock was ticking. Tangehahl had just minutes before his strictly enforced Brownstone curfew.

"That's when I looked at the clock and was like man, I need to get back because if I'm not back, I'm going back to prison," he said.

But he was willing to risk that for a six-month-old stranger.

"I heard crying but I didn't know where the baby was," he said. "The seat had been dislodged."

Tangehahl said he saw the car that slammed into the family's van driving erratically.

"We saw the car swerve in front of us," he said. "I told my girlfriend to follow them."

A few blocks later, he heard the impact.

"The car that hit it was probably going 50 to 60 mph through the intersection," he said.

Tangehahl ran from his car toward the soft whimpers.

"As soon as I got in there, I saw the mom pinned, the dad was in and out of it," he said. "The (baby) was out of it's harness on one side with the strap around his neck. The seat was upside down so the baby was just hanging."

Seconds were feeling like hours as he worked to cut the baby free. 

"It was terrifying, the baby was crying."

He handed the baby to a nearby security guard and then worked to free the baby's parents. He is a hero to all who watched.

"No, no," he said. "It's all good."

He wants no recognition. 

"I just reacted," he said. "I did what I thought was the right thing."

A relative of the baby said he had a broken rib and a laceration to his liver. He is expected to be alright.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Deer Park homeowner tied up, robbed at gunpoint; deputies search for suspects

    Deer Park homeowner tied up, robbed at gunpoint; deputies search for suspects

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:22 AM EST2018-02-22 13:22:31 GMT

    DEER PARK, Wash. - The Sevens County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in identifying the suspects and a vehicle in a recent home invasion robbery. Deputies report that on February 12 around 6:45, they responded to a report of a robbery that took place on McKenzie Woolard Rd. in the Deer Park area. Two men and a women forced their way into the victim's home at gunpoint, tied the victim up, and stole numerous items including guns and the victim's debit card.

    >>

    DEER PARK, Wash. - The Sevens County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in identifying the suspects and a vehicle in a recent home invasion robbery. Deputies report that on February 12 around 6:45, they responded to a report of a robbery that took place on McKenzie Woolard Rd. in the Deer Park area. Two men and a women forced their way into the victim's home at gunpoint, tied the victim up, and stole numerous items including guns and the victim's debit card.

    >>
  • Canadian medal winner takes off silver medal right after it's put on her neck

    Canadian medal winner takes off silver medal right after it's put on her neck

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:36 AM EST2018-02-22 14:36:11 GMT

    KHQ.COM - The Canadian women's hockey team wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals after losing to the Americans at the Pyeongchang Olympics.   One Canadian player, Jocelyne Larocque, took her medal off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold Thursday.   Larocque says, "It's just so hard."

    >>

    KHQ.COM - The Canadian women's hockey team wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals after losing to the Americans at the Pyeongchang Olympics.   One Canadian player, Jocelyne Larocque, took her medal off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold Thursday.   Larocque says, "It's just so hard."

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene deputy city administrator resigns after DUI arrest

    Coeur d'Alene deputy city administrator resigns after DUI arrest

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-22 04:15:16 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene's deputy city administrator was booked into jail over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on a $500 bond according to jail booking records. Sam Taylor of Post Falls was arrested just after midnight on Monday near the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 41 in Rathdrum.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene's deputy city administrator was booked into jail over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on a $500 bond according to jail booking records. Sam Taylor of Post Falls was arrested just after midnight on Monday near the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 41 in Rathdrum.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Montana pair arrested with stolen car after stealing merchandise at Hayden Walmart

    Montana pair arrested with stolen car after stealing merchandise at Hayden Walmart

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:54 PM EST2018-02-22 22:54:41 GMT
    Kootenai County Sheriff's OfficeKootenai County Sheriff's Office
    Kootenai County Sheriff's OfficeKootenai County Sheriff's Office

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Montana man and woman in the parking lot of the Hayden Walmart after they were discovered driving a stolen vehicle. Deputies say 30-year-old Nancy M. Hartsock and 24-year-old  and Chantel M. Talksdifferent, both of Billings, MT had just committed a burglary. On February 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., while on routine patrol, a KCSO deputies saw a suspicious vehicle driving through the Hayden Walmart parking lot. 

    >>

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Montana man and woman in the parking lot of the Hayden Walmart after they were discovered driving a stolen vehicle. Deputies say 30-year-old Nancy M. Hartsock and 24-year-old  and Chantel M. Talksdifferent, both of Billings, MT had just committed a burglary. On February 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., while on routine patrol, a KCSO deputies saw a suspicious vehicle driving through the Hayden Walmart parking lot. 

    >>
  • Police arrest man in Grandview for shots fired during armed robbery at Moses Lake gas station

    Police arrest man in Grandview for shots fired during armed robbery at Moses Lake gas station

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:42 PM EST2018-02-22 22:42:16 GMT
    Moses Lake Police Dept.Moses Lake Police Dept.
    Moses Lake Police Dept.Moses Lake Police Dept.

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Moses Lake Police say shots were fired during an armed robbery at a gas station late Wednesday night. Police responded around 10 p.m. to the Valley Quick Stop on West Valley Road. An employee told police her ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Sean McFarlen, assaulted her while stealing items and causing damage to the store.  McFarlen was reportedly armed and fired multiple shots during the robbery. When the victim attempted to call 911

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Moses Lake Police say shots were fired during an armed robbery at a gas station late Wednesday night. Police responded around 10 p.m. to the Valley Quick Stop on West Valley Road. An employee told police her ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Sean McFarlen, assaulted her while stealing items and causing damage to the store.  McFarlen was reportedly armed and fired multiple shots during the robbery. When the victim attempted to call 911

    >>
  • Hero dog shot multiple times protecting teenager from burglars

    Hero dog shot multiple times protecting teenager from burglars

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:33 PM EST2018-02-22 22:33:09 GMT

    DES MOINES, Wash. - A 2-year-old German shepherd is being called a hero for risking his life to protect his 16-year-old human best friend when two burglars broke into a Des Moines, Washington home.  According to KIRO, burglars broke into the home Wednesday afternoon. The teenager hid in the closet with his dog, Rex. But Rex soon ran downstairs and confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. Rex ran back upstairs.

    >>

    DES MOINES, Wash. - A 2-year-old German shepherd is being called a hero for risking his life to protect his 16-year-old human best friend when two burglars broke into a Des Moines, Washington home.  According to KIRO, burglars broke into the home Wednesday afternoon. The teenager hid in the closet with his dog, Rex. But Rex soon ran downstairs and confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. Rex ran back upstairs.

    >>