Girl’s quick thinking saves mom, two sisters

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A 10-year-old girl is being credited with saving her mother and sisters after the woman went into diabetic shock while driving on Highway 2 with her three young kids in the back seat.

Erin Collins began suffering a diabetic attack while running errands with her children Saturday afternoon.

The girl's quick and clear thinking is evident in the 911 recording.

"This is an emergency. Our car broke down and my mom's dying and she's sick and we need help," says Kali Collins to the 911 dispatcher.

"The tire is broken and she just keeps driving. I called my dad," she continues to tell police.

Kali and her 8-year-old twin sisters, Kamryn and Kaden sat terrified in the back seat while their mom sat behind the wheel unresponsive.

"My mom is sick. She forgot to take her medicine," Kali tells the 911 operator.

The vehicle crashed, crushing the bumper and flattening the front tires but her mother kept driving.

"The car gets out of control and she gets out of control and she starts driving on the wrong side of the road," Kali tells FOX31 Denver. "Then I unbuckled my seat belt to get her purse and to get her phone and I called my dad."

"It has kind of been my worst nightmare," says Kali's father, Kevin Collins. "It's kind of weird to have your worst nightmare come true."

Kevin Collins told his daughter to call 911.

"It was pretty nerve wracking to hear my daughters on the phone crying," he says.

When police arrived on the scene at 58th place and Dahlia in Commerce City, Kali jumped out of the rolling vehicle to get help.

"At that point the officer jumped in the car and was able to put it in park and get her medical attention," says Detective Christian Rasmussen of the Commerce City Police Department.

Kali's quick thinking saved her whole family.

"You can imagine as a father my whole life is in that car," says Kevin. "I'm very proud of my daughter, all my daughters."

Erin Collins suffers from Type-2 Diabetes and is recovering at home. Luckily no one was hurt in the crash.

Kali was given a certificate by Commerce City police honoring her as a hero.

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