Often when you hear a tragedy occur, video games come into the picture, and generally people are quick to assume it pushed someone over the edge or in the wrong direction. For once it's nice to hear that they pushed someone in the right direction.
Last Friday, 10 year old Gryffin Sanders was in the car with his great grandmother of 74 years old driving to visit relatives. ALso int he car was his 4 year old brother. When all of the sudden his great grandmother passed out mid-sentence, Gryffin's instincts kicked in to grab the wheel of a car moving at 60 miles per hour and get out of traffic. Rather than panicing or the situation getting out of hand more than it already had, he drove the car into a muddy ditch off the side of the road preventing any injuries.
"My mom actually told me after, 'I'm so glad that you turned into the ditch.' I guess I just had the instincts not to [freak out]." - Gryffin Sanders
Now how is this relevant to gaming? After speaking with reporters Gryffin Sanders said that he learned a lot about driving from Mario Kart. While it's not a driving simulator, it shows that it helped Gryffin handle and mitigate a poor scenario.
To follow up on the incident, his great grandmother was air lifted to a hospital and they believe it may have been a mild heart attack, but it's still being looked into. As mentioned above, Gryffin and his brother were unharmed fortunately.