Deputies: Driver who approached boy at school bus stop determined to be ‘innocent misunderstanding’

Lake County deputies said a suspicious incident involving an East Ridge Middle School student waiting for a bus was an “innocent misunderstanding.”

>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<

Read: Lake County deputies search for man who approached boy at school bus stop

Deputies said the 12-year-old was waiting for the bus on Third Avenue at around 8:30 a.m. Oct 20, when a man in a silver SUV called his name and told him to get in.

See map of area below:

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

The boy ran to a nearby home, where he called his mom while a neighbor dialed 911.

Investigators later released a surveillance picture of an SUV they believed to have been involved in the incident.

UPDATE: 16-year-old girl ID as victim of deadly shooting in Orange County, deputies say

Detectives were later able to identify the driver of the SUV, who told them he was a driver for Lyft.

The driver told investigators he was in the neighborhood that morning to pick up a customer when he saw the boy.

Read: Family and friends mourn the loss of East River High School star quarterback killed in Orange County

Detectives said the misunderstanding arose when the driver pulled over to ask the boy his name, which happened to be the same name as the person who requested the ride.

Deputies said they could verify the driver’s story about the customer requesting the ride.

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.