Pint-Sized Hero Saves Sister and Mother From Carjacking


When a strange car accident turned quickly into a dangerous carjacking in Williamsburg, Virginia, one young lady saved the day…and her family.

After a car accident stopped traffic for the Weiler family on their way to Busch Gardens theme park in Virginia, one of the men involved decided that he would simply steal a different vehicle from the scene.  The vehicle he chose, belonging to the Weilers, was still occupied by the two daughters of Brandie Weiler, who had stopped to assist those affected by the accident.

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That’s when 12 year old Maddie Weiler sprung into action, using not only her brain but also her braun to deter the deranged man.

“The mom of two pulled over and got out of her car to help the victims of the crash. While she was on the phone with 911, the man who caused the crash, Paul Salsman, approached her van with her two daughters still inside.

“Williamsburg police say Salsman walked up to the van, stuck his hand inside the car, unlocked the door and climbed in. Maddie’s protective instincts then shifted into gear.

“’I just went for it,’ the 12-year-old said. ‘Nothing passed my mind except, “He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car”.’

“Maddie started punching Salsman and screaming for help, in addition to putting the transmission in drive because she knew he would not be able to start the engine and drive away.”

Maddie’s quick thinking may have saved more than just her mother’s car from being stolen, given that she and her younger sister were still both in the vehicle at the time that Salsman approached.

Salsman will be going away for quite some time, racking up three felony charges in the incident.  Young Maddie was left with a broken growth plate in her wrist from her vicious assault on her assailant, but that is a small price to pay for her family and their vehicle.


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