The fear of many sufferers of type 2 diabetes came true this weekend for Erin Bolefar. While out with her daughters, Kali Collins, 10, and 8 year-old twins Kaden and Kamryn, Bolefar had an episode that caused her to begin driving erratically.
Kali later told police her mom was not listening to her or her sisters. Bolefar had gone to Target and stopped at McDonald’s for ice cream and food when she began driving on the wrong side of the road and then going backwards. The car got a flat tire and Kali called her dad, Kevin Collins, for help. He told her to call 911 while he did the same.
Collins was frantic when he got the call at work from his daughter who said her mom was behind the wheel but not listening or stopping. Collins described knowing what it felt like to have your heart drop because his whole world was traveling in the out-of-control car. He called 911 but without the specific location of the vehicle, he couldn’t tell them very much.
Meanwhile, Kali dialed 911. Despite the hysteria she was feeling, she answered the dispatcher’s questioned when asked to describe were they were. Kali told them the car was near Bridgestone and Commerce City, CO police officer Brian Trujillo was dispatched to the scene.
According to spokesman Detective Christian Rasmussen of the Commerce City Police Department, Bolefar was not responding to Bolefar’s orders to stop the car. At one point, while the car was moving very slowly, Kali jumped out and yelled to the officer to let him know her mother was sick and then got back in the vehicle. Rasmussen was forced to open the driver’s door, reach over and forcibly stop the car since the driver was non-responsive.
Rasmussen said Kali was the hero in this situation because she did the right thing by calling 911 and telling them how to locate the vehicle. He also commended Officer Trujillo for following his training, acting quickly and bringing the situation under control.
The reasons for Bolefar’s episode are unclear. Kali told the 911 dispatcher that her mother had forgotten her medication that day. Other family members said she had forgotten to eat that day. Whatever the cause, she received medical treatment and was resting at home o Sunday.
As for Kali, she received a “Positive Ticket” from police. The year-old program rewards positive behavior of children. It can be redeemed for Ta variety of rewards at the Commerce City Recreation.