A 12-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after she saved her little sister from being abducted by a carjacker, who had moments before crashed his car in front of them on a Virginia road.
Brandie Weiler and her two daughters, Maddie, 12, and seven-year-old Mollie, were traveling to Busch Gardens on Saturday when two cars crashed in front of them.
Their mother pulled over to help the victims, whose cars collided on the corner of John Taylor Highway and Greensprings Road, when Paul Salsman allegedly approached her van, according to News 3.
Twelve-year-old Maddie Weiler (right) is being hailed a hero after she saved her little sister, Mollie Weiler (center) from being abducted by a carjacker in Virginia
Brandie Weiler (left) and her two daughters, Maddie (center) and Mollie, were traveling to Busch Gardens on Saturday when two cars crashed in front of them. Their mother pulled over to help the victims when a man approached their van, unlocked the door and got in
While Brandie was calling 911, Salsman, who reportedly caused the accident, stuck his hand inside of her car, unlocked the door and climbed in.
‘I could see him going towards the van, and I’m screaming,’ said Brandie.
Maddie and Mollie were still inside the car when Salsman allegedly got in.
But a quick-thinking Maddie, started punching Salsman and screaming for help as he attempted to steal her mother’s car.
She then put the vehicle in drive because she knew the van had a ‘safety feature’.
Maddie said she knew the safety feature would keep Salsman from starting the van.
Maddie and Mollie (pictured) were still inside the van when Paul Salsman got in. She said she ‘thought he was going to take us’
Maddie, who suffered a fractured growth plate in her wrist, told News 3 that Salsman said he needed to ‘get to this place’ and immediately after he said that she knew she had to do something.
‘I just went for it,’ she told the station.
When Paul Salsman (pictured) got into the Weiler’s car, Maddie started punching him and screaming for help
‘Nothing passed my mind except, “He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car,” she said.
Maddie’s actions bought Mollie enough time to get out of the vehicle safely.
‘I thought he was going to take us,’ Mollie told News 3. Maddie and Mollie come from a family of police officers and firefighters.
And according to the station, their father, Steven Weiler, has gone over several scenarios, similar to the one that occurred, with them.
‘She has always been told if anyone tries to take you, kick, scream, bite, hit, gouge out their eyes, whatever you have to do,’ their dad said.
Salsman was charged with three counts of felony carjacking, felony hit and run and driving under the influence of drugs.
Authorities said he had tried to steal two other cars prior to their arrival.