A 4-year-old girl walked away from her Pennsylvania home shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, determined to satisfy her craving for a slushie.
Driver Harlan Jennifer was behind the wheel of a Philadelphia municipal bus when he was flagged down by a man who said a young girl was alone on the sidewalk, WPVI reported.
Moments later, wearing a purple coat and snow boots, young Annabelle stepped onto the bus.
"I was like, whoa, you've got to be kidding me," Jennifer said in an interview. "Not this time of night. 3:00 in the morning, a little girl? She's a small little thing. Kind of just shocked me."
The driver called authorities while passengers comforted the 38-inch tall youngster. Video from the bus's surveillance camera shows her shrugging as she explains her craving for a frozen treat.
"She had her mind set, because I knew what she wanted," Jennifer said. "'All I want is a slushie.' That's all she said."
Police officers responded and escorted Annabelle off the bus. Within an hour she was reunited her with her parents.
"Thank God for that bus driver," said the girl's father, Timothy Ridgeway.
Her mother, Jaclyn Mager, agreed: "There's no words. He saved my daughter's life. I'll be forever grateful."