Christopher Wheeler, 10, was riding with his neighbor in Montgomery when the 70-year-old driver suffered a diabetic episode.
The car was swerving across the road and crossed over the median into oncoming traffic. Christopher took the wheel.
“I put my foot on the brake and I got the steering wheel and pulled it over and put it in park. I didn’t want us to die,” Christopher said.
Trooper Lee Wells of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Christopher was a hero.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before, so yes, absolutely a hero,” Lee said.
The driver was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.
Christopher said he is considering a future in law enforcement.