By Andrea Lucia

DALLAS (CBS11) – Lyndsee Longoria held the phone crying.

“It’s okay. It’s okay,” said a comforting voice on the other end of the line.

She’d called this grieving father, former Texas Rangers coach Rich Donnelly to share her memory of his son’s final act.

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Lyndsee Longoria (CBS11)

“He passed saving my life. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here today,” she told him.

Longoria and her family were on Highway 67 Sunday night, when they suddenly swerved

“We saw the man in the middle of the road,” said Longoria. “His car was sideways. We almost hit him.”

Longoria, her boyfriend, and her sister all got out to help the man push his car out of the road.

Another vehicle pulled over and Michael Donnelly joined them to help.

“He said, ‘You ladies don’t need to be out here pushing on this car’,” she recalled.

Moments later, she says Donnelly, a complete stranger to her, saved her.

“I just felt this big old hand grab my shirt and yank me into his body. And, he surrounded me, and we got hit and I just… I hit the ground, and I didn’t know what had happened,” said Longoria.

The two were struck by a passing car.

Longoria broke her leg and suffered several deep cuts, but she is grateful her two sons still have a mother.

She only wanted his family to know the truth.

“That man died a hero. My hero, at least.”