2010-11-05 / Top Stories

Elderly Rockaway Man Peddles On Parkway

By Howard Schwach

An elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer from Rockaway Park startled motorists crawling through a construction zone on the Belt Parkway by peddling his adult tricycle serenely along the shoulder of the busy road.

James Lynch, 89, was spotted by numerous motorists, who used their cell phones to call 911.

After riding more than four miles on the parkway, Lynch was pulled over and rescued by police officers.

Sources say that Lynch began his ride at his home on Beach 118 Street in Rockaway Park, which he left at about 8 a.m. to attend mass.

He rode over the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge and along Flatbush Avenue before he took the westbound entrance ramp for the Belt Parkway, police say.

Cops from Highway Three began tailing him a half-mile from the Rockaway Parkway exit, but had to wait to stop him because of the traffic jam.

When he was stopped, Lynch gave his name but refused to tell police where he was going.

A quick background check by police revealed that Lynch was most recently a patient at the Peninsula Hospital Center, and he was taken there for observation.

He was reunited with his family at the hospital center.

Police say that Lynch rode the adult trike a total of 10 miles by the time the cops pulled him over.

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