Deputy Saves Child From Running Into Oncoming Traffic in Riverside County

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A quick-thinking deputy and another driver helped save a child who was about to run into oncoming traffic in Riverside County Thursday afternoon.

A sheriff's deputy helped keep a child from running into traffic in Riverside County on March 10, 2016. (Credit: Jody Howell)

A sheriff's deputy helped keep a child from running into traffic in Riverside County on March 10, 2016. (Credit: Jody Howell)

Dashcam video from an uninvolved vehicle showed the child pushing a toy car into oncoming traffic on Highway 74 in Romoland at about 4:45 p.m.

A deputy, identified as Sgt. Lamb, spotted the boy as he was headed toward the highway and immediately drove after the child with his lights on, said Deputy Vasquez with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

As Lamb pulled up next to the child, a driver in a light-colored SUV came from the opposite direction and stopped, helping the deputy box the child in and keep him away from oncoming traffic.

The two vehicles were able to safely divert traffic and keep the boy unharmed, Vasquez said.

The child was reunited with his mother a short time later, Vasquez said.