This is the moment a seven-year-old boy stopped a runaway car by leaping through the driver’s door to pull on the handbrake.
The boy – identified as Wei Chonghao, from Longxian County, Shaanxi province, China – leapt into action when he saw the car rolling back towards a motorcyclist.
The incident, which happened on August 8th, was caught on a CCTV camera and gained widespread attention after the video of the boy’s heroic rescue emerged on August 11th.
The child was reportedly doing his homework in his grandfather’s shop when he suddenly heard a loud ”ah!” and looked up, noticing the nearby car rolling forwards.
In the footage, a woman can be seen hurriedly moving her electric scooter from behind the black sedan. Seeing that the car was about to collide with the vehicle behind, Wei Chonghao quickly rushed out of the shop, ran to the black car, opened the door, jumped into the car, pulled the handbrake, and stopped the vehicle.
After the vehicle stopped, the car’s owner can be seen rushing back. He had reportedly stopped by the market to buy something without locking the car and pulling the handbrake, thinking it would only take a little while. The man then repeatedly thanked the young hero and apologised for his carelessness.
The boy’s mother, Li Ruimei, later on told local reporters that her son had learned exactly what he was supposed to do in order to stop the accident after having seen her driving many times before. She claimed that Wei Chonghao likes all types of vehicles, but was very surprised that he had remembered she always pulls the brake when driving.
Local police have also praised the courageous boy’s quick thinking and fearless actions, although they advised against it in future cases, as different vehicles have different braking systems, stating that the boy could’ve potentially found himself in a very dangerous situation.