Autistic boy flees school bus

Family hoping to thank good samaritan who saved him

Published On: Mar 21 2013 10:28:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2013 11:31:40 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

An austic boy is lucky to be alive thanks to a good samaritan who jumped into action.

According to the mother of 7-year-old Raul Flores, the Colonial Hills Elementary special needs student was riding the bus home Thursday. He removed his seat belt and jumped off his bus while it was stopped.

School officials say the bus assistant on board didn’t have time to stop him.

“It’s so stressful for us to have a 7-year-old, especially special needs children,” said family member Heather Petty.

The incident happened on the 410 access road near Pin Oak Road. Police said a man driving by saved the boy from running into traffic.

“He just stopped the car and grabbed a hold of him cause they couldn’t catch him and he returned him back to the bus,” said Petty.

Northeast ISD says there is surveillance video from the bus. They hope it will give them better insight as to what exactly happened.

In the meantime, the boy’s family just wants to find the man who rescued their son from what could have been a very dangerous situation.

“We want to say thank you for helping our son he’s really precious and not a lot of people would stop and help a 7 year old child but we’re really grateful and saved his life today,” said Petty.

The school district added starting Friday, Flores will wear a safety vest in addition to his seat belt. Also, they will add a second bus assistant to the special needs bus.