news\ Aug 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Mario Kart saves lives

Mario Kart

Those who say video games are a waste of time and poison our youth can go suck an egg. There's proof that video games save lives with quick reflex times and provide real-world experience.

Take Gryffin Sanders of Golden, Colorado, for instance -- a 10-year-old boy who sprung into action and grabbed the wheel of his great-grandmother's car when she passed out while driving. Sitting in the passenger seat, his 74-year-old great grandmother passed out while going 60 miles per hour. To make matters worse, Gryffin's four-year-old brother was in thee back seat. 

When the car swayed into oncoming traffic, he grabbed the wheel and -- wanting to get the car out of the way of traffic, drove the car into a ditch. The car slowed in the ditch filled with mud and left everyone unharmed while a passerby stopped to call 911 and help his great grandmother. 

Gryffin credits his skills and response to Mario Kart, saying he learned a lot playing the video game. 

"And I'm pretty good at go kart driving," said Gryffin.

We applaud Gryffin for being a hero, reacting quickly and preventing what could have been a disastrous accident. 

You can follow Senior Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter @Lance_GZ. He likes talking sports, video games, movies, and the stupidity of celebrities. Email at LLiebl@GameZone.com

[9News via Polygon]
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