With the presence of mind, a 10-year-old boy Puneerth averted a big mishap from happening after his father died of a cardiac arrest while driving.
Shivakumar was delivering pressure cookers to a shop in Karnataka’s Huliyaru on May Day. At around 12 noon, very close to his destination, the man suffered a cardiac arrest and lost his consciousness while driving.
His son was unable to understand what happened but had the presence of mind to take on the wheels and steer the vehicle to safety.
Grief-stricken, the child started to cry when he realised that his father had passed away.
Puneerth, a student of class 5 at a government primary school at Allalasandra, was enjoying his summer holidays while accompanying his father to work.
Gowramma, a relative of the family told The New Indian Express that Shivakumar’s wife Munirathnamma works in a garment factory at Goraguntepalya in Bengaluru. The factory had declared a holiday on May Day. Gowramma added that Munirathnamma had not been informed about her husband’s demise.
Lakshmikanth, sub-inspector at Huliyaru police station, appreciated the 10-year-old child’s quick thinking. He further said that since Shivakumar died a natural death, his body would be released after autopsy.