Family Says 12-Year-Old Boy Sacrificed Himself to Save Mom From Speeding Van

We’re learning more about a 12-year-old boy who was killed while walking, two days before Christmas.

Just steps from a memorial of balloons, candles, and flowers, is the spot where Victor Garcia lost his life.

Older brother, Adrian, said he made the ultimate sacrifice.

“He’s our little hero. He saved my mom from getting hit by a car. He’s just 12-years-old,” said brother, Adrian Garcia.

The family said Victor was walking with his mom and 7-year-old nephew when he was hit.

“Yesterday they were coming back home from buying groceries and getting ready for our Christmas dinner,” said Garcia.

The driver of the van told police he swerved to avoid a vehicle that suddenly stopped in front of him.

“He told my mom, ‘Be careful mom,’ and he pushed her away and he got hit,” said Garcia.

Classmates are trying to cope with the loss.

“We were very good friends, and he was really nice to everybody he knew,” said classmate Valeria Zamora.

Valeria Zamora left tributes to honor her friend.

“It’s really hard for me because whenever I go back to school, people are going to be sad that he had died over Christmas break,” said Zamora.

Adrian Garcia said his little brother was so sweet.

The family will never forget his last gift, that he gave to his mom.

“He would always tell my mom, ‘I love you.’ He actually told my mom, and gave her a hug a few seconds before the accident happened,” said Garcia.

Victor was a student at Dewitt Perry Middle School.

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with the family's immediate needs and funeral expenses.

The driver of the van is cooperating with the investigation.

Carrollton Police say it’s unclear if he’ll face any charges.

So far police have not released any other details.

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