5-year-old stops car after mom has seizure
MADISON, N.C. (NBC) -- How does a 5-year-old boy stop a moving car?
If he's anything like Caleb Taylor, adrenaline and instincts kick in, and you do what your father has always taught you.
Caleb was in his booster seat, riding along with his mother on Lindsey Church Road in Rockingham County when his mother started foaming at the mouth and convulsing, according to the family.
"Momma, are you ok? Momma, are you ok?" Caleb recalled asking his mother while the car slowly drifted away with his mother semi-unconscious in the runaway car. "I was pretty scared!"
Until the 5-year-old's memory kicked in.
"I've always told him if a car runs away, turn the ignition off. If it happens, turn the ignition, turn the wheel because you never know what will happen in an automobile," said Robert Taylor, Caleb's father.
And he did.
"I just woke up, and then I saw her not driving so I unbuckled and turned the car off,' he explained.
Roland Collins says he saw the entire thing happen from his front porch and rushed to help.
"I got the lady out of the car and I put her where that tree stump was - under that shade - and kept her right there and talked to her until the ambulance got here," Collins said.
The homeowner says when he asked Caleb how the vehicle stopped, he explained how he did it.
"I thought to myself, he had to be smart. I don't know what he learned in school or what they taught him or what? He's a real smart kid,' Collins continued.
Paramedics took the woman to the hospital, where she was treated and released.
As for getting out of his booster seat, Caleb obviously isn't getting in trouble - this time.
"You've got to tell them there's a right way and a wrong way," said Taylor. "He was a superhero."
The family says Caleb's mother had never had a seizure before. She is home resting now, but they plan to follow up with a neurologist to try to find what triggered the Tuesday incident.