10yr old's Mario Kart skills save his family

Initially, 10-year old Gryffin Sanders didn’t know what to do when his great-grandmother passed out behind the wheel. But then, years of video game experience kicked in, and his in-game skills turned out to be life-saving.

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Darlene Nestor, 74, was driving Gryffin and his 4-year old brother to visit relatives, when she suffered a suspected heart attack behind the wheel, local media reports. Gryffin says he thought it was “a test” at first, but soon realised the car was travelling at 60 miles per hour and veering into on-coming traffic.

Without hesitation, Gryffin recalled the skills he’d learned playing Mario Kart and took the wheel.

I wanted us to get somewhere where we could out of the way of traffic, I guess.

Unable to reach the brakes, the 10-year old drove the car into a mud-filled ditch running alongside the road. Gryffin, his brother and great-grandmother were unharmed, and passersby stopped to help the family and call 911.

Father Sean Sanders, considers his son a hero.

It was all him and he made a very wise decision at a very critical moment and I couldn’t be a prouder father.

…we’re guessing Gryffin’s parents are pleased he was playing Mario Kart and not, say, Carmageddon.

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