The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating why a 3-year-old boy in his diaper was found driving his Power Wheels motorized car along a county highway — US 19 — in Crystal River on Wednesday.
Some drivers stopped their cars when they saw the boy driving the battery-powered mini car along the median and made sure he didn’t get any further, WFLA-TV reported.
That’s when another witness looking on from inside a building spotted the scene near 1180 North Suncoast Blvd. and snapped photos.
“I was shocked,” Danny Collins told WFLA. “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.”
As you might expect, Collins said the boy complained after the drivers put a stop to his adventure and wanted to keep going.
Collins added to the station that the boy’s father arrived about 10 minutes later and told deputies he was in the bathroom when his son exited their house, using a small chair to reach the front door’s lock.
When a WFLA reporter found the dad’s house and asked how the boy was doing, the father didn’t have much to say: “Now’s not a good time, man.”