Toddler found driving Power Wheels on Florida highway

A toddler was found driving a Power Wheels car on a Florida highway Wednesday. / Danny Collins
A toddler was found driving a Power Wheels car on a Florida highway Wednesday. / Danny Collins

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (WFLA) – He can’t drive 55, but he’s sure going to try. A 3-year-old in his diaper took off on his Power Wheels and ended up in the median of a highway Wednesday.

Shocked drivers spotted the boy in the median of busy US 19 in Crystal River. Witnesses stopped to help the toddler. One of them, Danny Collins, snapped pictures.

“I was shocked,” Collins said. “That’s why I took the pictures. I was like nobody’s going to believe. Could have ended a lot differently if not for the people who stopped.”

According to Collins, the little one’s father showed up about 10 minutes later. He told deputies that his son slipped out of the house while he was in the bathroom. The father said his son was alone in the living room and used his little chair to reach the front door’s lock.

News Channel 8 tracked down the dad. When he asked from behind a closed door how the child was doing, the dad responded, “Now’s not a good time, man.”

The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating.

 

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