"I hurried up, threw my jacket off, I threw my shirt off," Payne told the Houston Chronicle. "I ran over there across in front of all the cars. I didn't care if all the cars stopped or not because I was more worried about their safety than my safety."
The woman opened her car door. Payne and two other bystanders helped her and her young daughter out of the water's strong current and got them to safety, KHOU reported.
"She was crying. She said 'You're my guardian angel,'" Payne told the Chronicle.