SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — Five-year-old Ryland Ward has a mischievous smile that belies his sweet nature. He likes to pretend he’s driving, and even started up the truck once when no one was looking, his uncle Michael remembers.
The only thing that kept his nephew from taking off that day was that his little legs couldn’t yet reach the pedals. Michael chuckles, a strained laugh. But his smile tightens as he describes what happened Sunday morning.