10-year-old guides car to safety after driver suffers diabetic episode

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L to R: Investigator Salvador, the young hero and Trooper Walls (Photo: ALEA)

L to R: Investigator Salvador, the young hero and Trooper Walls (Photo: ALEA)

MILLBROOK, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) honored a brave young man whose actions saved lives Thursday.

ALEA posted a story to its Facebook page about an incident Thursday when an investigator with the Attorney General’s Office saw a vehicle weaving excessively on I-65 near exit 181, just north of Montgomery.

The investigator attempted to stop the vehicle, which failed to do so. An Alabama state trooper assisted and the vehicle eventually stopped on AL 14 near Browns Road.

The investigator and trooper quickly found that the driver was suffering from a diabetic episode. They discovered that a 10-year-old child passenger had steered the vehicle to safety and applied the brakes to stop the vehicle.

“The child’s actions may have saved the driver’s life, his own life and the lives of others on the road at the time,” the post said.

The trooper gave the driver some food as emergency personnel arrived on scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital.

ALEA said the trooper took the child, who was hungry, to a local fast food restaurant for a meal as they waited for family members to arrive.