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Boy Hit by Car Just before Reunion with Soldier Dad

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A six-year old boy is currently in the hospital recovering from serious personal injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car. The little boy, along with his mother and three other siblings, was headed to the airport for a reunion with their father and husband just before the car accident occurred. The father is a soldier and was just returning from being away for almost one year during his fourth tour of duty.

The young family was looking forward to a happy reunion and celebrating the holidays together. The last thing on their minds was spending time in the hospital.

The siblings were all holding hands while walking in the parking lot heading into the airport. However, a car struck the little boy and then dragged him several feet. The car then crashed into a wall. According to the boy’s mother, the driver of the vehicle never slowed down.

The little boy broke his leg and nose. He lost several teeth and his jaw was seriously injured. It is suspected that he will need extensive reconstructive surgery as a result of these injuries.

The driver of the motor vehicle that struck him down was arrested on charges of criminal vehicular operation. It is suspected that alcohol was an issue as the arresting officers reported that they smelled the alcohol on him. A toxicology report is pending.

Even if the driver was not drinking, his driving was more than careless. Motorists driving in a Missouri parking area should be on high alert for pedestrians that could be walking nearby. Thankfully, this little boy survived this terrifying ordeal. Unfortunately, now he and his family will be facing ongoing medical treatment and emotional struggle during his recovery from his injuries.

Source: Pioneer Press, “Returning soldier’s son, 6 hospitalized after car drags him at airport,” Will Ashenmacher, Dec. 17, 2011

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