Autistic Boy Drives Mini ATV on Busy Freeway, Saved by Good Samaritans

An autistic 6 year-old boy wandered onto the wrong road while puttering around in a small battery-powered ATV.

Somehow, the boy ended up on the busy Bronx River Parkway in Mount Vernon, New York, where he could have easily been squashed by an inattentive driver who didn’t see his tiny vehicle on the road. Instead, a few good Samaritans rallied to help the boy. They may have saved his life.

Around 7 p.m., the unnamed young driver came onto the freeway after his family had lost track of him in the toy vehicle, a miniature ATV made by Power Wheels. They called his departure in to the local law enforcement. The Westchester County police, too, began receiving calls around 7:40 p.m. telling them a small boy was on the freeway, saying he was almost impossible to see.

Luckily, he didn’t get very far, as three motorists surrounded him with their vehicles to protect him from being hit by any other speeding automobiles. One of the people in the vehicles managed to hop out and grab the boy, along with his ATV, taking them both off the parkway to safety.

“These good Samaritans got him to the safety of the side of the road,” police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said. Police officers arrived shortly after.