A SHIRLEY mum who helped a man who crashed his car after collapsing at the wheel has received an award for her quick thinking and cool head.
Marie Adams rushed to the aid of a motorist after she saw his car crash on the Stratford Road on May 16.
The diabetic driver had gone into hypoglycaemic shock, losing control of the vehicle and careering into planters near the junction with School Road.
Mum-of-six Marie hurried over to help; the man had been injured in the smash and was still disorientated.
Using first aid skills she had picked up as an instructor with the army cadet force, she was able to help the man - giving him sips from a bottle of lucozade to help raise his blood sugar levels.
She was so calm and collected that police officers attending the scene assumed that the 38-year-old was an off-duty paramedic.
"I just did what I'd hope anyone would do in that situation," said Marie, who lives in Shirley Park Road.
"The man was very much out of it and I kept a check on his blood sugar levels. It was about ten minutes before the ambulances arrived, but it felt an awful lot longer."
The full-time carer was presented with her Good Citizens Award for her actions by Solihull's Chief Supt Sally Bourner.