A man overdosing on opioids was saved by his 7-year-old daughter. The Brooklyn man was driving Thursday when he succumbed to the drug overdose, prompting his child to spring in to action and drive him to safety.
Police say Eric Roman, 37, overdosed in his Lexus while he was driving on a busy parkway during rush hour. His daughter then climbed onto his lap and steered the vehicle to a safe place.
According to reports, two FDNY Emergency Medical Technicians saw the incident.
“We turned with the car and saw this little girl behind the wheel,” said EMT Arlene Garcia, who thought the girl was too small to reach the pedals. “I’m a mom, so I was freaking out. I started yelling at her to pull over and stop the car.” (Scroll down for more.)
The girl did not stop, so the EMT’s devised a plan to intercept the slow-moving vehicle. They positioned their ambulance in front of her, halted, and allowed the Lexus to strike their rear bumper, effectively ending the harrowing journey.
When Garcia and partner EMT Charles Zimring approached the vehicle, they found Roman unresponsive.
“When we asked her what happened, she said ‘My dad was sleeping so I was going to finish driving him home,’ ” Garcia recalled. She says the girl explained that she saw her father pass out while she was in the back seat, so she unbuckled and took the wheel herself.
“She wasn’t scared at all. She was so great,” Garcia said. “All she was worried about was getting grounded for driving without permission.”
The child was not injured, according to reports.
Roman was revived and taken to Coney Island Hospital hospital for treatment. Reportedly, he was still in the hospital Friday afternoon.
Roman has been charged in the incident, accused of reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
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