Miranda Bowman,12, says she knew she had to do something as her grandfather's pickup truck sped out of control at 80 miles/hr, with her Pop-pop slumped over beside her.
Fox News reports her grandfather, Paul Parker, was driving her home from go-karting, near their home in New Jersey, when he said he didn't feel well and told Miranda to just keep talking to him. She tells Phillyburbs.com , “Then he said he was scared, closed his eyes, and put his head on the glass. That’s when I knew he was dead.”
The 63-year old had just suffered a fatal heart attack and his foot was stuck on the accelerator.
The 12-year-old tells Fox News she had a "30-second freak-out," crying out "Pop-pop, Pop-pop!" before realizing the truck was going faster and moving toward the side of the road. She tried calling 911 on her cellphone but couldn't get a signal, so she undid her seat belt and crawled under the steering wheel, using her hand to push on the brake. But it wasn't enough, so she stepped on the brake with both feet as hard as she could. She tells Fox, "I was going to put it in park and I thought we were going too fast." "I thought it would do the fish tail or flip over." She then decided the safest option would be to crash into some trees, "I said I can't hurt anybody else, I can only hurt myself."
Luckily she wasn't hurt, but couldn't get out of the vehicle. She tried to open the door but it wouldn't budge, she couldn't smash the window but finally managed to kick open the passenger side door. And she says that's when she fell to her knees and broke down, wailing.
Miranda says she called her mother and grandmother on her phone. "She said, `Mom, we were in an accident and Pop-pop is dead,"' Miranda's mother Stephanie Bowman tells Fox. "I keep thinking to myself, `I don't know if I could have watched that happen to him and reacted the way she did."'
She tells Phillyburbs.com that it has been an emotional rollercoaster since the accident, last Tuesday. She lost her father in the crash, but was spared the pain of also losing her daughter. “As much as I am upset about losing my father, I can’t even imagine how worse this could have been.”
Miranda says she knew what to do because her father is an EMT and she watches a lot of Law and Order on TV and says she always pays special attention to what people are doing while driving a car.