VIDEO: Unsupervised toddler runs into traffic, saved by retired police officer

Posted at 1:00 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 13:06:01-05

TUSTIN, Calif. — (KCAL/KCBS/CNN) - Scary video recorded in California shows an unsupervised toddler playing in the middle of the road with no parent in sight.

Luckily, a retired police officer happened to be in the right place at the right time, saving the boy from possible harm.

The retired officer, Darryl Pang, recorded the frightful moments on his dash cam Saturday.

Pang first spotted the boy near a gutter alone with his ball by his side.

"(I was) waiting for a parent to come running up. I honk the horn and saw a bunch of parents off to the side trying to get their attention to see if someone would come up. I didn't want to scare the kid," said Pang.

As Pang inched his car closer, the boy began to move, picking up his ball just as a driver sped by. The toddler bounced the ball and kicked it as Pang came into view. He motioned for cars to stop and picked up the boy, who made it to the center of the road. Still, there was no parent in sight.

"I'm actually thinking that at any moment now a parent is going to come running up because that's what usually happens. You'll get somebody panicked to come running up, and it didn't happen," said Pang.

Once the boy was safe in Pang's arms, finally a man walked out to the street. He stretched out his arms for the child, mumbled something that Pang didn't hear, waved and went back to the park. As Pang, got back in the car he had a big sigh of relief.

"We were taught a thousand years ago in high school, drivers ed, the little kid chasing the ball in the street. It still happens," said Pang.