When Brandie Weiler was on her way to Busch Gardens with her two daughters, Maddie, 12, and Mollie, 7, they saw two cars collide. So Weiler pulled over to help the victims, but while calling 911, she saw the man responsible for the accident, Paul Salsman, go over to her van with her girls inside.
Williamsburg, Virginia police say he walked over to the van, stuck his head inside, unlocked the door and got inside. Weiler was watching and screaming, but her oldest daughter had things under control.
Maddie started punching Salsman and yelling for help. “Nothing passed my mind except, ‘He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car,’” she says. And then, in the middle of all the chaos, this 12-year-old thought to put the van in drive, because she knew he wouldn’t be able to start it up that way.
Mollie got out of the van unharmed and then Maddie did too. Salsman was caught and charged with carjacking, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs. But Maddie saved the day with her quick thinking. Her parents have always taught her to fight and do anything she has to do if someone tries to take her and it all paid off that day.