Husband saves new bride

Husband saves new bride from sinking car (WBRC video)
Husband saves new bride from sinking car (WBRC video)

VESTAVIA HILLS, AL (WBRC) - A Vestavia man's role of husband was quickly put to the test this past weekend after he saved his wife from their sinking car.

It happened to Nick and Leslie Hays us hours after their wedding ended.  They were married Saturday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestavia and held their reception at the Hoover Country Club.

"Everyone was pulling us everywhere," Leslie said.  "We were on the dance floor having a great time." 
"It was exactly what I was hoping for," Nick chimed in.  "It was the best wedding we could have ever had."

Just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday, the couple left the country club headed to the hotel.  Nick says about a quarter of a mile away, he was all of a sudden blinded by an oncoming driver's headlights.

"And I looked at the high beams and told her, what is this guy doing?  And the next thing I know, we hit the curb and land in Star Lake," Nick recalled.  "I had no idea what was going on until water was up to our window."

Leslie says she couldn't remember much except for hitting the water.  "I honestly thought this was it...that we were going down together."

Reacting quickly, Nick tried to open the doors, but with no luck.  He then rolled down the window.

"And I was like, 'Honey, you have to get out of the car.'"

But Leslie was reluctant, partly because she can't swim and also because of her dress.

"It was a very heavy dress with a very long train," Leslie said.  "It was a 12 foot train and a lot of silk beading."

But Nick knew the clock was ticking.

"She put her head out of the window and I grabbed her and threw her out of the window and I followed her out," Nick said.

After a few more struggles they made it safely to shore.  Leslie's husband had now become her hero.

"I think it's wonderful.  He's wonderful and we were there together," she said looking at her husband.  "We had taken those vows just a few hours before and we proved it.  We proved you could do it."