An 11-year-old boy is being called a hero after taking the wheel of his school bus in Florida after the driver suffered a medical condition on Tuesday.
Jackson Bonar was the last kid on his bus coming home from school when just blocks from his home his bus driver, 55-year-old Robert Kelly, suffered a medical condition and passed out.
“He started curving and he made a strange face and me and started going toward a tree, so I put my foot on the brakes but the bus was still moving so I turned the steering wheel so the airbag wouldn’t go out and hurt him anymore,” said Bonar.
The sixth grader took the wheel, avoided a tree and guided the bus into a fence as he hit the brakes.
“I was very scared,” said Bonar.
Right after the accident, he called him mom.
“He was just screaming in the phone and I thought he was playing around and I just yelled at him, ‘Stop! I can’t understand you!’ He said, ‘Mom the bus driver he just had a stroke, he just had a heart attack.’ I called 911 and headed down to the bus,” said Paula Bonar.
Robert Kelly was taken to Naples Community Hospital.
He and his family are in awe of the boy’s courage.
“Amazing. He’s just a little brave man isn’t he? I mean, how do you do that? 11-years-old, that’s amazing. I’ve seen grown folks that don’t react as quickly,” said Kelly’s wife, Kathleen.
While doctors still don’t know what happened to Kelly, he says he feels as healthy as ever and can’t wait to get out of the hospital so he can thank Jackson for diverting a possible disaster.
“I’d give him a big hug, just give him a big hug and thank him from the bottom of my heart, nice little boy,” he said.
Family members say Jackson knew what to do because he has experience driving golf carts and four wheelers.
Kelly should be out of the hospital and back on his bus route in a day or two.
A college student from Texas believes he is lucky to be alive after a terrible crash. He was texting and driving when his truck flew off of a cliff.
Chance Bothe’s truck plunged off of a bridge and into a ravine. One of the last things he typed indicated what almost happened to him.
He wrote, “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.”
After the crash, Chance had a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times .
Now, 6 months later, he’s finally able to talk about what happened.
“They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said. “I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I’m surprised that’s not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever.”
Chance’s father said, if he had a child just learning to drive, he would disable texting and Internet on their phone.
As of August 1st, drivers in Alabama will face a $25 fine the first time they are caught texting behind the wheel.
A distraught man yelling “This is my beach” drove erratically in a parking lot and then ploughed his car into the ocean on Friday, police said.
The man, whose name was not released because he is being held for psychological observation, wasn’t hurt, police said.
Long Beach lifeguards and police were called to Cherry Beach, California at about 3:30 p.m., said Fire Capt. Rich Brandt.
The white Nissan Maxima made it about 4 feet into the water before the driver and a passenger bailed out of the car, Brandt said.
“The beach was crowded. Fortunately, no one was hurt,” Brandt said. As one man fled into the bluffs, the driver tried to swim deeper into the water.
Lifeguards were able to pluck him from the surf and hold him until police arrived, Brandt said.
Crews were awaiting a backhoe and a tow truck to fish the car from the water, he said.
Witnesses said the man was screaming as he drove around the area, declaring “This is my beach” and shouting out his Social Security number.
A grieving animal lover has died after the dog lead he wore around his neck in tribute to his favourite pet got caught in the wheel of his moving car.
Rob Emslie, 47, had been wearing his dead dog Sheevah’s lead in a noose around his neck when he got into his 4×4 after a night out.
He did not notice that, having slammed his car door shut, the tail end of the trailing lead remained outside the vehicle.
The plumber reversed. As he did so the nylon rope lead became entangled in one of the car’s front wheel axles. The force snapped Mr Emslie’s neck, killing him instantly.
The accident took place in the early hours of Monday morning at the Butterfield Road restaurant near the Kragga Kamma nature reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region.
Carol Atterbury, owner of the Butterfield Road restaurant, was one of the first people to discover Mr Emslie’s body after the fatal accident.
“He came into the restaurant with this dog on a long three metre long rope lead which he had tied in a noose at the end,” she said.
“The dog was very well behaved and so he took it off the lead. As a joke, put it around his own neck, with the leash hanging behind him as if it were a tail.
“He had about ten glasses of wine and was the last to leave the restaurant at gone midnight on Sunday. We discovered his body the next morning.”
Mr Emslie’s friend Andy Green told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper that he had recently had his pet mongrel Sheevah put down and that he remained very upset about it.
Mr Green said that his friend had worn his Sheevah’s lead – which he also used for his replacement mongrel – around his neck “from time to time”.
Police captain Stanley Jarvis confirmed that police are not treating the incident as suspicious.
A couple were taken into custody in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after driving from a liquor store with their children strapped to the hood of the car with a tow strap.
Aaron Stefanski, father of three of the children and the driver of car, thought that it would be fun for the children to ride on the hood of the car. Jessica Clark, the parent of the fourth child allegedly assisted him with strapping the children the car.
The children, ages four, five, six and seven appeared unharmed and were quoted in the local paper as saying they agreed to do it because it sounded like fun.
Stefanski, 29, has been charged with neglect of a dependent, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of criminal recklessness. Clark, 29, has been charged with neglect of a dependent.
Child Protective Services is investigating possible child neglect.
An 82-year-old man from rural Ohio apparently got lost while driving in his Indiana hometown and was brought home from 280 miles away by Hillsboro police.
Auto shop employees called police on Wednesday to say that a man was sitting in his pickup truck, apparently confused.
Police talked to Earl Lutterman and learned he got lost while driving in Evansville, Ind.
Officer Shawn Kelley drove Lutterman home in his cruiser and finished the 10-hour round-trip early on Thursday.
“It went well. It was a good trip,” Kelley said. “We talked for about the first 100 miles and then he dozed off. We talked about carpentry and construction, which both of us used to do. He was happy.”
Kelley left the man with his brother Norman Lutterman, who was very thankful that police returned him.
Norman Lutterman said that learning that his brother drove so far away was a shock.
Earl Lutterman no longer had a driver’s license, and his license plate was expired.