YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A momentary lapse of attention led to a terrifying adventure for an autistic teen, who managed to escape the grounds of a special needs school and was found riding a tricycle in the middle of Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, a quick-thinking Good Samaritan saved the day in the incident this past Friday.
SAIL, the School for Adaptive & Integrative Learning, at Ferncliff Manor in Yonkers, sits high atop a hill.
Down a steep curved driveway is Saw Mill River Road, an industrial stretch with plenty of dump trucks and garbage trucks. It’s not the place for an unsupervised autistic child on an “adaptive bike” – a large red tricycle.
But there the boy was, and he slipped through an open gate.