Sitting behind the wheel of a big rig, Alex Bashenow Jr. adjusted his seat and gripped the wheel.
The Bargersville area resident grabbed his CB radio, pretending to contribute to the chatter of other truckers driving around central Indiana. Moving the custom-made gearshift, he imagined downshifting, as if he were in a convoy racing down the highway.
Bashenow likely will never have the opportunity to pilot his own truck. The 26-year-old is severely autistic, which prevents him from earning his certification and driving. But with the help of the trucking community and the star of TVs “Ice Road Truckers,” he now has a modified truck cab to sit in and envision that he’s taking to the open road.
During a special ceremony on June 26, Bashenow was presented with the specially outfitted truck cab. Though the engine, wheels and front half have been removed, the main shell and interior are intact.