Quick-Thinking Woman Rescues 2 Kids in Runaway Van (VIDEO)

runaway vanBefore I begin to tell you about the amazing woman who rescued two kids from a moving van, I just want to say that I do NOT think the mother of those two kids, who left them in the van while she went into a store, is some kind of neglectful monster. We've all been tempted at some point or another:

Oh well, I just have to run in the store to get toilet paper/batteries/milk. It's only gonna take me a minute or two; is it really worth getting the kids unbuckled and out of their car seats for just to buckle them back in a minute later? (This is an especially understandable thought for a weary parent to have if one or more children is sleeping.)

Of course, there's a reason why most of the time, most of us have the good sense to suck it up and drag the kids inside the store with us -- because if we don't, this is the kind of thing that could happen (and there might not be an awesome good samaritan type like Leslie Bicknell around to save the day).

Here's what happened: Leslie Bicknell pulled her minivan into a parking space outside of an Albuquerque, N.M., strip mall only to find that -- YIKES -- a very small child was in the driver's seat of the van in the adjacent space. Uh-oh. Then she noticed ANOTHER small child in the van. THEN she noticed that the keys were in the ignition, which was really really bad when the kid in the driver's seat decided to shift the van into gear.

"I knew what was going to happen," said Bicknell.

Here's the part that makes you think Whoa, there really must be something to that whole guardian angel thing or How's that for dumb luck or Talk about a near miss!

Bicknell jumped out of her truck to try and stop the van from going straight into traffic-- and in the process, somehow shifted her own vehicle into gear, which then rolled behind the van with the 2 kids inside just before it rolled into the intersection!!!


Yup. And that's the last time you or I will ever consider leaving a child in the car for the teensiest inconvenient second again. EVER.

Have you ever been tempted ot leave the kids in the car for just a second?

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abra819 abra819

Sorry but nope. I'm a mother, I have had to make errands with sleepy kids. I ALWAYS wake them up. I'm never risking that chance. Ever. Thank god this hero was there in time to save those precious babes. I'm sure the poor mama will think twice next time : /

zombi... zombiemommy916

I've been tempted but no, I haven't left my small children in the truck...not even in my own driveway...it's just not worth the risk...obviously...and while I hate inciting "mommy wars", I do think this mother should be held accountable...look what could have happened!

nonmember avatar Nicky

Stop. Just stop apologizing for these "moms." Leaving your children unattended in a vehicle in public for any reason or any amount of time should be illegal. And why were they unfastened, if they were small children they should be in car seats. I'm tired of hearing these stories, even if there's a "good" ending.

Gilsp... Gilspudmama

Yes, I've been tempted when he's sleeping but I have always resisted it. I know how hot it can get. I'm too paranoid to be honest. First time mommy here, son is 2 yrs old almost three. I still freak out when he gets a fever or acts just different. I ask my husband about lots of little things (husband is now an LPN) like, did you notice this or that? Yes I'm a paranoid nerd but I was sick as a little kid (still am) and I guess that's where my fear comes from.

Ksmomy Ksmomy

Thank goodness the kids are ok but I think the mother should face some sort of punishment. Not only was she negligent in leaving them in the van ALONE she left the darn keys in the ignition AND the kids we not strapped in. I'll give that the kids might have unbuckled themselves but as a mom you know if your kid can buckle or unbuckle their seats. She was negligent and charges should be filed. Unfortunatly (sp) this is Albuquerque and nothing will happen to her. By the way I live in Albuquerque so I know she won't face any discipline because law enforcement her if worthless!!

eekhm... eekhmv1980

When I have my 2 little kids with me,,ages 7 1/2 and 3 1/2 I take them in the store ALWAYS,,sleeping or not. I've carried my sleeping 40 pound 3 year old through the store. If I have to run in and grab a gallon of milk and my 12 1/2 year old is with us I let her stay in the car with the little kids,, if that's the case most of the time I take one of the little kids with me and let my older daughter sit with the other. I usually don't leave the car running,,I let her listen to the radio though.

nonmember avatar a

Depending on the child's age.

nonmember avatar KMV

I have left my son in my truck, but only if the weather is nice & I'm going right in front of my car where I can see him like to drop the cart from the grocery store, drop off a book at the library's book drop off. But definately NOT with the keys in the ignition. I just started doing this now that he's 5. But it does still scare me everytime I do it. I could not imagine having more than 1 kid & having to run errands :/ that's why 1child is enough for me for now :).

Robin Sincere Mitchell

Even if I had ascertained the thought, I would never have left the keys in the ignition!!!  Somebody, anybody could have come along and drove off with those babies and then God knows what would have happened to them, smh..  Never mind the near missed accident..  I think she was hopelessly neglegent to say the least.

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