NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 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.
Bowman was returning to her Burlington Township home after spending the
day watching 63-year-old Paul Parker race go-karts Tuesday.
said her grandfather told her that he didn't feel well and felt scared
before closing his eyes and putting his head on the glass. The girl said
she had a "three second panic," then climbed under the steering wheel
and pressed the brake with her hands as the car approached 80 mph.
Bowman then continued to brake with her feet while steering the vehicle toward a wooded area.
She was not injured in the crash. Relatives say her grandfather died of a heart attack.