When a strange man tried to steal her mom's van, 12-year-old Maddie Weiler knew she couldn't let it happen. She and her 7-year-old sister Mollie were inside.

"I just went for it, like nothing passed my mind except he's a psycho and he needs to get out of the car," Maddie said.

The girls were on their way to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., with their mom when they witnessed a traffic accident. The mom pulled over to help and was on the phone to 911 when she said the man who caused the crash jumped in her van with the girls inside and tried to drive away.

That's when Maddie put up a fight.

"I put the car in drive because that's a safety feature on the van, and held it there. And I just started punching him, and screaming as loud as I could," she said.

Her sister jumped out, while Maddie whaled away on the man. She punched him so hard, she fractured a bone in her wrist. He eventually jumped out and tried to steal other vehicles before police arrived. He had to be tased twice.

Paul Salsman was arrested and charged with felony carjacking, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

Maddie's family are police officers and firefighters, and her parents had trained her to fight back. But her father said her idea to throw the car in drive to keep the engine from starting was all her idea.

Maddie's message: Never give up.

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