Boy lost in park, found riding toy ATV on N.Y. roadway

An autistic 6-year-old boy drove a miniature battery-powered ATV onto the Bronx River Parkway before he was pulled over by good Samaritans, authorities said.

The boy's trip started off in a city park around 7 p.m. Sunday when family members lost track of the boy, who rode off in the toy vehicle.

"They realized pretty quickly he was gone but couldn't lay eyes on him," Kieran O'Leary, spokesman for the Westchester County police, said of the Mount Vernon family.

Relatives reported the boy missing to Mount Vernon police.

At about 7:40 p.m., Westchester County police started receiving 911 calls about the unlicensed driver traveling in his vehicle — made popular by the toy brand Power Wheels — on the parkway.

He had driven some distance and taken the ramp onto the northbound parkway, police said.

The young driver didn't make it very far.

Good Samaritan: 'You could barely see him driving by'

Three motorists slowed their vehicles to surround the boy and protect him from other vehicles that might not see him, O'Leary said. Someone was able to get out of their vehicle, and grab the boy and his ride off the parkway.

"These good Samaritans got him to the safety of the side of the road," O'Leary said. Police officers arrived shortly after.

The child was taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital for observation and found to be OK. He was reunited with his family.


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