A 6-year-old boy was saved by three motorists after he drove his battery-powered toy car onto a suburban parkway, police said Monday.
Westchester County police spokesperson Kiernan O’Leary said three drivers formed a slow-moving shield around the boy driving his toy car on the Bronx River Parkway, and then one pulled over and ran to grab the boy and his toy vehicle and moved them both onto the shoulder. No injuries were reported, however the boy was taken to a local hospital to get checked out.
“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.
The names of the boy and his rescuers have not been made public at this time.
O’Leary said the boy had been out with relatives in a Mount Vernon park about 10 blocks from the parkway when his cousin – who was watching him – got distracted and the boy took off in his blue-and-gray toy, O’Leary said.
“It kind of just happened in the blink of an eye,” he said.
The family spent 20 to 30 minutes looking for the boy, then went to the police at about 7:40 p.m ., “just as we started getting 911 calls that there’s a child on the Bronx River Parkway operating a toy vehicle,” O’Leary said.
“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.
The boy was checked out at a hospital where he was deemed to be OK and uninjured, and was returned to be reunited with his family.
Cars on the Bronx River Parkway routinely go 50 mph in that area.