8-Year-Old Girl Takes The Wheel After Mom Passes Out While Driving

Originally posted on Black America Web:

GALENA, Kan. (AP) — An 8-year-old southeast Kansas girl is being hailed for her quick, calm thinking after she grabbed the steering wheel and drove the family’s SUV when her mother fell unconscious on their highway ride to school.

Abby Porter and her mom, Shelly, were on Kanas 66 headed to her school in Riverton early Wednesday when Shelly had a medical emergency and passed out behind the wheel, Galena Police Chief Larry Delmont said Thursday.

With her mother slumped over, Abby — a second-grader whose father sometimes lets her steer their tractor and lawn mower — leaned over and took the wheel. Delmont said at some point, Abby even executed a U-turn on the four-lane highway, “because she was going home to her daddy.”

“That’s at 8:37 in the morning, and there is a lot of traffic, a lot of trucks,” Delmont said.

Officer Jimmy Hamilton noticed the SUV…

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