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Postby sox 06 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:44 pm

PERU, Ind. (AP) - An 11-year-old girl stopped a van that went out of control when her diabetic mother became ill, police said.

Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Joe Swisher said Abigail Parker's actions were "nothing short of heroic."

Besides stopping the van, Abigail kept her mother and 8-year-old brother calm and informed paramedics about her mother's condition, Swisher said.

State police dispatched an ambulance and troopers to U.S. 31 south of Peru on Saturday after the girl called 911 and another person reported a reckless driver.

Officers found the van stopped, partially blocking the southbound lane of the highway. Deborah Parker, 36, of Muncie, who had been driving, was unaware of her surroundings. She was treated for low blood sugar.

Abigail told police her mother had started driving erratically at about 80 mph. The girl said she climbed from the rear seat of the van onto the woman's lap and managed to stop the vehicle before calling 911.
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Postby treat24 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:51 pm

good job for the girl... but at 11 it seems like it should be common sense...both my neice and nephew are 11 and 12 ... and if they DIDN'T do something like this in that situation I would crap myself... If you said the 8 year old did it I would be impressed... but still... good for the girl ;-D
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Postby knapplc » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:15 pm

I could have done that when I was 10 1/2. :^





Seriously though - great job by this girl. Very level-headed and calm. That's awesome.
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Postby jayday » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:19 pm

I was expecting an 11-year old physically "stopping" a car from the outside that was rolling towards something...Not one pressing the brake :-b

Not as impressive...But glad they were unhurt....
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Postby sox 06 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:22 pm

I know 11 years old isn't that young but still for someone that age to not panic and have the knowledge to be able to stop the car and remain calm enough to call for help and keep her brother calm is pretty impressive.
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Postby Metroid » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:27 pm

I stole my stepsisters car when I was 12. O:-)
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Postby m16a » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:29 pm

Metroid wrote:I stole my stepsisters car when I was 12. O:-)


:-b :-b 8-o Good story
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Postby mrblitz » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:56 pm

Wow , that is nothing short of Heroic. ;-D
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:52 pm

Impressive. ;-D
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Postby skibrett15 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:27 pm

that's the kind of thing that takes nerves. I originally thought this was in Peru the country... but I guess Indiana is good enough.
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