Bastrop girl honored after jumping into action when father has seizure behind the wheel
After a Bastrop father suffered a seizure while at the wheel, his daughter jumped into action and now the Sheriff’s Office is calling her a hero.
On July 28th, Christopher Gill and his daughters Kassidy and Kristen were driving home from school. On the way home on FM 535, Christopher suffered a seizure.
“I have no recollection of it,” Christopher Gill said.
That’s when his 12-year-old daughter Kassidy in the front seat jumped into action. Christopher has an inflammatory auto immune disease and warned his daughter it could happen.
So she took the wheel, saw an open field to her left and swerved off the road. From there she frantically avoided trees and a house before coming to a stop in an agave plant.
“I was scared and I was a little worried for my safety and their safety,” Kassidy Gill said Wednesday.
She said seeing the trees and home while still moving was terrifying.
“I was like oh no this is it,” she said. “I thought I would hit the tree and we wouldn’t be alive anymore.”
“You know she’s a hero in my book,” Bastrop County deputy David Newman said.
Newman responded to the crash and heard Kassidy’s story. So he decided to put Kassidy up for an award: the Civilian Life Saving award.
“I’ve seen lots of tragedy but it’s not too often that we get to see something that’s really positive,” Newman said.
That award is typically given to deputies and has only been given to one other person in the past 20 or so years in Bastrop County. Kassidy’s younger sister Kristen also got an award for bravery.
It’s an honor her father says his daughters deserve.
“It really doesn’t surprise me because of how smart she is,” Christopher Gill said.
Gill said it’s still tough to talk about. That’s because at first he didn’t know if he hurt someone when he was out. When he figured out what happened, he was so proud.
What also amazed everyone, was the car ended up right next to a statue of the Virgin Mary.
“That was my first thought is someone greater than us had something to do with it,” Christopher Gill said.
However, it happened Kassidy is happy everything turned out alright.
“It makes me feel inside like I’ve done something right,” Kassidy Gill said.