Man who offered ride to boys in New Castle checks out with police
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – A passing motorist who offered a ride to two boys walking home from school Tuesday was only concerned for their safety, reported Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.
After receiving calls from both sets of parents, the sheriff’s department investigated the incident, contacted the man involved and concluded that he was worried about the boys walking along the narrow stretch of County Road 245 north of New Castle.
The boys told their parents that the man had stopped and offered them a ride, which they refused, and then parked some distance up the road, raising their suspicions.
McGinnis said deputies later learned that the motorist, who lives along that stretch of the road, had parked to check for mail at a community mailbox.
Meanwhile, the parents called the sheriff’s department, and a description of the vehicle was posted on Facebook. It didn’t take long for people to recognize the vehicle and identify the owner, who McGinnis said is the husband of a teacher at Kathryn Senor Elementary.
McGinnis said the man immediately explained his actions, which he said were prompted by concern for the boys walking on a dangerous section of the road.
However, some Facebook postings apparently raised fears about the incident, McGinnis said.
“Every single person in this did the right thing. It’s just a touchy subject,” she said.
She praised the two boys for being alert and telling their parents, and the parents for calling law enforcement. In turn, she said, the motorist was “being a responsible adult trying to protect children.”
McGinnis said any discussion of improvements to that stretch of County Road 245 to create a more safe walkway would have to be taken up by the county’s road and bridge department or the county commissioners.
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