Man dies following health episode; girl steers truck to safety

A Morgan County man, who grew up in the Medora area, died Sunday after he experienced a medical emergency while driving on State Road 11 in Jackson County, police report.

John Andrew Kidd, 38, of Martinsville died at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour after he became unresponsive while driving north in a 2013 Ford F150 pickup truck 3 miles south of Interstate 65, according to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Goodin with the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg.

Police said Kidd’s 13-year-old daughter, Kennedy, grabbed the steering wheel and guided the vehicle for several miles until she was able to steer it off of the roadway. The vehicle then went about 25 feet down an embankment and into a small thicket of brush. She was not injured in the incident, police report.

Trooper David Owsley and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on scene and attempted to revive Kidd. He was taken to Schneck Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Goodin said.

He said Kennedy Kidd should be considered a hero for guiding the pickup to a safe stop.

“Even though her father did pass away, which is really sad, that vehicle could have veered across the roadway and struck another vehicle and killed other people,” he said.

John Andrew Kidd graduated from Medora High School in 1998 and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.