Indiana Teen Who Died While Pushing Friends Out of Car's Path Was 'Always Trying to Be Superman'

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Indiana teen Martin Martinez loved Superman — and he died a hero. 

Martin, 16, was one of four teens accidentally killed by another driver while helping to push a stalled vehicle back in August. Nevaeh Law, 14; Jenna Helton, 14; and Brittany Watson, 15, died as well. 

But three other girls were saved after Martin pushed them out of the way at the last second. 

"Not everyone can say they raised a hero," Torre Collins, Nevaeh's mother, told Inside Edition.

Martin's mom, Terri Martinez, added: "He's always trying to be Superman. He wants to save the world."

It was 15-year-old Victoria Valdivia's birthday and her mother, Cara Selby, was throwing the party. 

At about 11 p.m., Selby went to buy more candy for the festivities. But on her way back, her SUV stalled in the middle of the road.  

She called the kids, asking them to come out and help push the vehicle back to her home, which was just a few hundred feet away in the town of Cortland. The hazard lights were on and several of the kids used their cellphone flashlights to warn other drivers on the road. 

Eight of the teens were pushing the SUV when another vehicle plowed into them. 

Collins doesn't blame Selby for asking for help.

"If I was in that situation, I can see the kids wanting to push," she said. "'We are so close to home, why not get it done and over with?'"

Said Collins, “It still seems like a dream, a nightmare I’m expecting to wake up from."


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