Couple Stops Young Child Running Across Highway 52 in the Rain

May 23, 2018, 3:11 pm EST | Share:

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WTAT-TV) — A man and his wife traveling on Highway 52 in Goose Creek are counting their blessings after almost hitting a young child running across the roadway.

The incident happened just before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday near Woodland Lakes.

Bob Buschbacher Jr. and his wife, Revelina, were traveling at about 55 mph when the child, thought to be between 2 and 3-years-old, was almost hit as they drove in the pouring rain.

Buschbacher says the child was also barefoot.

“As I swerved and slammed on the brakes, my wife jumped out and raced to get the boy before he ran into oncoming traffic,” he explained.

Buschbacher said his wife was able to scoop the boy up after almost getting hit herself.

Fellow drivers stopped their cars to assist. Some held umbrellas above Revelina and the boy until police arrived.

According to a police report from the Goose Creek Police Department, officers made contact with a man who said he was looking for his nephew.

Officers then provided him with an escort to Highway 52 where the child was originally found.

The man, identified as Jason, arrived at the scene along with another woman named Janice, and both took custody of the child.

Police followed the couple back to their home to collect more information about the incident.

Jason told them the boy’s parents had left for work and he thought the child was upstairs watching television.

He later realized the child was gone when he went upstairs to offer the boy a snack.

Jason told officers he was responsible for the boy, but Janice was the primary caregiver while the child’s parents were at work.

Officers spoke with the boy who told them he was “looking for mommy and wanted to find her.”