Darnell and his wife were driving by when he saw the van in the river. He stopped immediately. He then heard screaming, and jumped into the river. The van was now totally submerged with the water rising inside quickly. He told one of the children to kick out the window, after which he was able to save all of them, including the mother.
Smith's husband was notified, who happened to have the oldest son with him. Smith was charged with three counts of attempted murder and child endangerment. But thanks to the hero, Darnell Taylor, it was not murder!