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Woman says accelerator got stuck, caused her to go 115 mph on Ohio interstate

Posted: 8:20 PM, Aug 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-05 08:55:01-04

A woman near Cleveland experienced some terrifying moments when she lost control of her vehicle after she claims the accelerator became stuck. 

The driver, Karen Krantz, told WEWS-TV it's a miracle she and her young daughter are alive.

"We ended up going from 90 to 115," Krantz said.

Krantz said she may not be sharing her story if it weren't for Fairview Park Police Lt. John Martin, who answered when she called 911.

"I thought we were going to die. I knew we were going to die," she said.

"Turn your engine off, but do not lock it. Do not turn it all the way off," Martin told her.

Krantz said that worked and her car slowed down and she managed to pull over. She calls it a miracle.

"Literally a miracle," Krantz said.

Part of her miracle? The calm voice on the other end of the line, when they needed it most.

"We're alive. I'm so thankful for the officer," Krantz said.

Lt. John Martin said it's all in a day's work, but days like that one make it all worthwhile.

"You do feel good when you help someone through a situation," Martin said.

It's situation the Krantz family will never forget.

"I have three other kids. It's given me, a sense of, how precious they are. How precious this life is. And to not sweat the small stuff," Karen Krantz said.