As a reminder, I initially posted his story to point out how autism is dangerous. I don't mean to offend anyone who looks at autism as an 'alternative cognition' and feels it should not be cured if it can be, but I feel a little silly demonstrating how autism puts people at risk. It seems self-evident.
I will continue to post these stories as they arise. At least until it gets too upsetting for me.
Missing man found in southern Raleigh
From Staff Reports
RALEIGH -- A missing man was located late Monday night after he was struck by a van on Tryon Road.
Antwan Hester of Henderson, who has autism, received minor injuries and is back at home in Henderson, said Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
Hester had wandered off from his family Saturday night at the State Fair. Around 11 p.m. Monday, Hester was walking on Tryon Road when he was struck by a 1997 Dodge van driven by Joan Curtis Smith, 50, of Raleigh, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.
Authorities do not know where Hester spent the two days he was missing. Smith was not cited in the accident, Sughrue said.