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5-year-old hero steers car to safety after mom suffers seizure in NC

WXII-TV

Caleb Taylor re-enacts how he unbuckled his seat belt, crawled into the front seat, steered the car to the side of the road and shut it off when his mom wouldn't respond.

A 5-year-old North Carolina boy wants to be called "Caleb Batman" after he  took control of the family car and steered it to safety when his mom suffered a seizure at the wheel.

As his mom was having the attack, Caleb Taylor unbuckled his seat belt, crawled into the front seat, steered the car to the side of the road, and shut it off when his mom wouldn't respond as they were driving near their home Tuesday in Madison, NBC station WXII of Winston-Salem reported.


A passerby called 911 and tended to Sandra Taylor, who is recovering at home.

Video on WXII-TV: 5-year-old safely stops car after mom has seizure in Rockingham County

Sandra Taylor told WSOC-TV of Charlotte that Caleb was buckled into a car seat in the back when she had the seizure near their home in central North Carolina not far from the Virginia border.

"I was asleep. I was taking a nap, and I just woke up," Caleb told WSOC. "Then I saw her not driving."

When his mom didn't respond, "I unbuckled and turned the car off," he said.

Caleb put the car in neutral, pulled the keys from the ignition and ran for help, even though "I was pretty scared," he said.

Dad Robert Taylor said he'd taught Caleb to do that if he was ever in trouble.


"I've always told him if a car runs away, turn the ignition off. If something happens, turn the wheel, turn the ignition off," said Taylor, who told WXII that Caleb "knows how to start a car and hold a steering wheel."

Even so, he said, "it's just a miracle of the Lord that he was there at the right place at the right time to give him the strength and the courage to know what to do."

Taylor said he told his son, "You are my hero."

In that case, Caleb told WXII, he wants to be called "Caleb Batman."

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