Girl, 12, Grabs the Wheel After Grandpa Dies

Miranda Bowman steers car toward bushes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2012 4:04 PM CDT
Miranda Bowman grabbed the wheel of a car when her grandfather put his head on the glass and died.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A story of bravery out of New Jersey, where a 12-year-old girl steered a car to safety when her grandfather died at the wheel with his foot on the accelerator. Miranda Bowman was returning home after spending the day racing go-karts with 63-year-old Paul Parker on Tuesday. Bowman told a local paper her grandfather said he didn't feel good and felt scared before closing his eyes and putting his head on the glass.

The 12-year-old slid over as the car approached 80mph, pressed the brake, and steered the vehicle toward some bushes. She was not injured in the crash. Relatives say her grandfather had a chronic heart condition and died of heart failure. (Read more New Jersey stories.)

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