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12-year-old drives to safety after grandfather dies

Youngster steers herself away from danger after grandfather dies at the wheel. Photo via stock.xchng.

Last Tuesday did not end the way New Jersey 12-year-old Miranda Bowman had anticipated. Miranda had spent the day having fun with her grandfather and brother at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.

After a day of fun, things quickly changed. While driving home, Miranda’s grandfather told her that he did not feel well and that he was scared. Miranda told phillyBurbs.com that her grandfather’s eyes closed and he hit the glass. She knew he had died. However, his foot was still on the accelerator. As Miranda saw the car’s speed climb, she tried to call 911. However, she could not unlock her phone.

Then, Miranda desperately planted her foot on the brake. The car did not stop, so she steered it through some bushes. Eventually, the car struck some trees and stopped.

Miranda told phillyBurbs.com, ““I kicked the door open and was just crying and screaming. People must have thought I was a lunatic.”

Miranda’s family is very grateful that she was able to quickly take control of the car. Jim Bowman, Miranda’s father and a firefighter and emergency medical technician, is very proud of his daughter. Miranda’s father said, “I am so proud of her. I’ve been doing this for 23 years and it makes you tear up thinking about what could have happened.”

While celebrating Miranda’s brave actions, the family is also in the process of mourning their loss of 63-year-old Paul Parker. Parker died of heart failure.