WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 6-year-old boy with autism drove his battery-powered toy car onto the Bronx River Parkway before grown-up motorists rescued him, police said Monday.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, neighbors almost could not believe that the boy drove a plastic, battery-powered toy vehicle onto the busy expressway Sunday night.
“It’s a state of shock,” said neighbor Edwina Tillman, “because you just can’t believe something like that would happen.”
The 911 lines lit up when the boy was spotted.
“The first guy who came in contact with the boy, I mean, he was almost, like, shaking,” said Good Samaritan Joel Reyes. “I mean, he had goose bumps. He was like, ‘I almost hit the kid.’”
Reyes was one of the three drivers who positioned their cars to protect the child and his scooter on the northbound parkway at Oak Street in Mount Vernon, forming a slow-moving shield around the boy. One driver then pulled over and ran to grab the boy and his little vehicle and move them onto the shoulder, explained Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’Leary.