Sometimes the media aren’t very kind to video games, usually it’s used as scapegoat for a terrible incident involving someone unstable. However, sometimes the outcome is good, with one 11-year-old boy using skills he acquired playing Grand Theft Auto to save his grandad.
Charley Cullen sprung into action when his grandfather Finn, 79, blacked out behind the wheel of his car, hitting up to 73mph. The young hero grabbed the wheel and controlled the car immediately, stopping it from hitting several objects. Eventually the motor crashed, leaving the schoolboy with a fractured skull, but saved both himself and his grandfather from an otherwise grim ending.
“My papa was picking me up from Rathkenny Hall – we were about 500 yards away from Slane Castle and the car pulled into the ditch”, he told The Irish Mirror “I thought it was an April Fools joke because it was on April Fool’s day.”
“But when my granddad dropped his head and took his hands off the wheel I knew it was no joke then. I grabbed the wheel and pulled it back out onto the road. We met a few cars going by. I had one hand on the steering wheel and the other trying to wake papa.”
The drama unfolded in County Meath, Ireland as Finn was bringing his grandson home from drama class. Charley has quite the name around his local area now, telling Brenda Donohue on RTE Radio One’s Mooney Show,”the only way I had any experience was the Grand Theft Auto game.”
Good man Charley!
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Source: The Irish Mirror