CHESTERFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - A 13-year-old’s quick thinking prevented a possible tragedy when his father fainted behind the wheel on a state highway and veered into oncoming traffic, 24-Hour News 8 news partner the Herald Bulletin reports. The 13-year-old grabbed the steering wheel and avoided a crash.
Robert Spaeth was taking a drink of tea as he and his son, Damon, were northbound on Ind. 67, en route from Lawrence back home to Chesterfield, when he choked and fainted, then slumped over. The Chevrolet Equinox they were in crossed the center line and rolled into the path of an oncoming fire engine. That’s when the Highland Middle School student grabbed the steering wheel and jerked the vehicle back toward its proper lane.
The family vehicle scraped the side of the fire engine then veered off the highway.
The teen said he estimated his dad was out about 30 seconds.
“He’s my hero,” the dad said of his son.