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California Teen with Autism Fatally Struck on Freeway

October 01, 2014

(October 1, 2014) -- 17-year-old Gabriel Pierson died Wednesday morning after being hit by Ford F150 truck on the 71 Chino Valley Freeway in Southern California. Gabriel had been reported missing by his mother at around the time of the accident. Gabriel was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gabriel's family and friends.

Autism Speaks has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to address autism wandering incidents. Visit this page to find out how to report an active case of wandering.  Find Autism Speaks resources to help prevent wandering here.