Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' News

September 12, 2012

Boy, 12, drives car after dad has seizure

PEABODY, Mass. — He’s too young to drive, but when a 12-year-old took the wheel anyway he may have saved both his father, his younger sister and himself from serious injury or worse.

John Canney Jr. and his two children were traveling through Peabody when the 46-year-old father had a sudden seizure, leaving the boy and his younger sister in a speeding, driverless car.

Next, according to a state police press release, “The intrepid 12-year-old took control of the steering wheel and guided the family car into the breakdown lane. He then reached over and applied the brakes, bringing the car to a halt.”

With his dad still out of commission, the boy next located his cellphone and dialed 911. Unsure where he was, the boy was able to provide enough clues that the police found him.

The father was taken to a hospital where police reported that he is in good condition.

The Massachusetts State Police commended the boy for his “quick thinking and courageous actions.”

---

Details for this story were provided by The Salem (Mass.) News.

1
Text Only
Sister Newspapers' News
Sister Newspaper Columns
AP Editor's Picks Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?
National and World