10-year-old Gryffin Sanders, who reportedly loves to play Mario Kart and drive go-karts, became a hero when he grabbed the wheel of his great-grandmothers car and steered it to safety after she passed out at the wheel.
Gryffin and his 4-year-old brother, Ryder, were with their great-grandmother Darlene Nestor — who the boys call Grandma Great — on July, 26, on a busy Colorado highway, when Nestor suddenly lost consciousness. Gryffin told ABC News, “My grandma great was talking about some of the wildlife and stuff about the Great Plains when she passed out in the middle of a sentence.”
The vehicle, which was moving at about 60 MPH, started moving into oncoming traffic. Unable to rouse his great-grandmother, Gryffin decided he had to grab the wheel. Gryffin said, “I could see over the dashboard while I was driving, so I had an idea of where I was driving into. I couldn’t get to the brakes because my grandma great was in the way … I just drove the car to the right.” He was able to guide the Buick sedan into a muddy ditch, and Nestor’s foot eventually slipped off the gas pedal. The mud, combined with no pressure on the pedal eventually brought the car to a stop in the ditch.
Ryder, who was playing his iPad in the back seat, had no idea what had just transpired.
Gryffin believes the hours he has spent driving go-karts and ATVs, and playing Mario Kart, gave him the confidence and know-how to handle the car.
A couple passing by, Mike Glidden and his wife, were the first to stop and help. They called 911 and began CPR on Nestor, who had suffered from a sudden but mild heart attack. She says she is doing fine and recovering quickly. Nestor also had only wonderful things to say about her great-grandson. She said, “I’m so proud of him that he saved so many lives that day even in oncoming traffic. He’s always been a great kid.”
Gryffin, on the other hand, says that he just did what he needed to do. He says, “I want to be humble about this.”