Posted on July 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.—A 12-year-old New Jersey girl steered a car to safety when her grandfather died at the wheel with his foot on the accelerator.
Miranda Bowman was returning to her Burlington Township home after spending the day racing go-karts at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville with 63-year-old Paul Parker on Tuesday.
Bowman tells The Burlington County Times her grandfather told her that 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 80 mph, 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.