Police: Seaford Boy Under Arrest After Flatbed Truck Crash

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police said a 12-year-old boy from Long Island who disappeared in Seaford Saturday, only to turn up six miles away in Levittown, behind the wheel of a flatbed truck, was under arrest.

According to detectives, the 12-year-old who suffers from autism was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He allegedly found and entered the unlocked vehicle with the keys left inside at 5 p.m. Saturday, before crashing it into two parked cars on Carnation Road and stopping on the front lawn of 41 Carnation Rd.

The boy was released from police custody on an appearance ticket to his father, and is due in Family Court on Monday, October 17, 2011.

Neighbors were shocked by the damage, and even more so by the sight of the preteen driver. The flatbed ended up on John Kowall’s lawn, along with one of the two crushed cars.

car damaged by flatbed Police: Seaford Boy Under Arrest After Flatbed Truck Crash

The flatbed reportedly caused this car's damage (credit: CBS 2)

Talking with CBS 2’s Dave Carlin, Kowall could only laugh as he described the scene as “strange.”

His neighbor Richie Choi showed Carlin what remained of both his wife’s and his daughter’s friend’s cars.

“Yeah this is brand new,” Choi lamented.

Property damage aside, neighbors were glad there were no injuries. The child who commandeered the construction truck, likewise, was unharmed.

Neighbors and relatives told police the boy is autistic. When he failed to return from a bike ride Saturday, police issued an alert as the boy’s bizarre adventure was playing out.

“I know the little boy. Seen him riding his bike,” Kevin Velez of Seaford told Carlin. “Thank God he’s alright.”

Police sources told CBS 2 the boy biked six miles from Seaford to Levittown Saturday, and along the way ditched the bike for the truck that reportedly belongs to Arpielle Equipment Center.

CBS 2 also made calls to the company to find out exactly where the truck and the keys were, but has yet to get a response.

Insurance claims have to be filed, and more questions must be answered, but the prevailing emotion in the neighborhood is relief.

“Nobody was hurt. That’s the thing,” Kowall said.

What would your reaction have been to this scene? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • JohnW9540

    I have a daughter with autism. We don’t let her out of anyones sight. If she had a problem she couldn’t communicate to get help. I know there arer all levels of autisim but this don’t ring true.

  • No other explanation

    Parenting FAIL.

  • M.A.D

    I don’t understand why a 12 year old child with autism was left alone?? he rode his bike for six miles.. alone!! the parents should be arrested. Also, why did the driver leave his keys in the truck, that was very irrisponsible.

    • harriet

      because not all kids with autism need to be watched like a prisoner 24/7, some are very intelligent and at the age 12, able to be on their own, given the fact that the kid figured out how to drive, i’d guess that he was rather high functioning, I don’t know but neither do you

      • dr meh

        The parent’s are responsible. He should have been watched ; he could have mowed down a family or a minivan with the flatbed truck. Luckily he only smashed 2 parked cars. It was a flatbed truck… the truck could demolish a sedan.

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • 2nd Coming Michael Myers

    Kid needs to be put in mental hospital before he kills someone.

    • harriet

      wow a little over the top there, lots of kids have stolen/borrowed cars, just because someone is autistic does not mean they have to be institutionalized

      • pablo

        ur annoying

    • Daniel

      You are typical brain dead person. Hilter would have loved you. Let us just lock up every person with something wrong with them. So how many cars and trucks are drove by normal kid? Oh we do not hear about that now do we! May be you need locked up for your stupied ideas! Or better move to other countries that support your crazy ideas.

  • Samantha

    You are disgusting for even thinking this! You should be ashamed of yourself and your uneducated thoughts!

    • Autistic

      Let me guess. You’re one of those things bubbling up from Levittown?

  • DanTe

    a R E T A R D E D thieving trash from Levittown is news??

    • harriet

      Hey A-hole, 1) if your read the kid is from Seaford, not Levitown, 2) it made the news because the driver was 12, there are lots of similar news stories 3) autism includes lots of people some who are incapable of speaking and some one are nearly normal, but even the non-verbal people have more intelligence than you as evidenced by your need to bully people on the internet, why don’t you go back under the rock you crawled out from

      • DanTe

        Cram it, harriet!

        • harriet

          gee, how intelligent how insightful, it barely warrants a response, but i’m stuck at a very boring meeting so screw you DanTe,

          • DanTe

            Spare me your excrescence.

            • Isabella

              God Bless this little boy John and his family. Thank God noone got hurt and they got their son back. As for the stupid above comments that are nothing but full of total IGNORANCE, be careful, you never know what you’ll get in life. Someday, you may have a child with Autism and you’ll be singing a different tune! Autism does not make you mentally unstable that you should be locked up. Children with Autism are people too and I’m sure John’s parents are wonderful, caring people. Sometimes things happen and you can’t change it but, you can learn and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Everyone makes mistakes and I’m sure their is a validated reason why it happened.
              So to sum it all up… Shut up, cause you don’t know sh**!

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