Drivers on the Bronx River Parkway in New York City couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw a 6-year old boy driving his battery-operated toy car along the heavily travelled thoroughfare. Three quick-thinking motorists in other vehicles formed a shield around the youngster until one of the drivers could safely pull over and exit his vehicle to help the boy move his toy vehicle safely onto the shoulder of the roadway.
According to Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’Leary, several slow-moving cars protected the youngster from behind, while another driver road slowly alongside him to prevent the possibility of his being struck by faster-moving traffic.
“A couple of cars were behind him, maybe another alongside him a little bit, somewhat protecting him from the possibility of being struck by a car that wouldn’t have seen him in time,” O’Leary said.
None of the names of the boy’s rescuers or the under-age driver himself was released by police officials. According to spokesman Kieran O’Leary, the youngster was enjoying trying out his new toy car accompanied by relatives in a public park in Mount Vernon about 10 blocks from the Bronx River Parkway. When the member of the family who was keeping a watchful eye on the youngster got distracted, he immediately began driving his toy ATV in the direction of the busy highway. It happened so quickly that family members had no idea where the boy had disappeared to.
“He took the Oak Street ramp going north, comes down the ramp, is in the acceleration lane and then actually in the right lane of the parkway for a brief time,” O’Leary said.
As family members contacted police officials within half an hour of his disappearance, the police department was simultaneously receiving emergency calls on the 911 system reporting that a child was driving a toy vehicle on the Bronx River Parkway. The youngster was able to gain access to the busy highway from the Oak Street on-ramp headed north, moving his toy car into the extreme right lane, an area where ongoing traffic moves at speeds averaging 50 mph. Police officers took him to the local hospital for a check up and he was released to family members.
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Boy, 6, drives toy ATV onto NYC parkway