Updated: 5:57 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012 | Posted: 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2012
Boy accidentally hit by grandmother’s car released from hospital
TARENTUM, Pa. —
A 4-year-old boy who was injured when his grandmother accidentally hit him and his father with her car Thursday in Tarentum was released from an area hospital Friday.
Investigators said John Flatt and his 4-year-old son Caleb were meeting Hope Vickers when she became distracted when a child in her car began crying. Police said Vickers took her eye off the road and ran over Flatt and his son's leg.
Family members said Flatt saw the car coming and was able to push Caleb out of the way, before he was struck. Police said the accident could have been much worse had Flatt not reacted so swiftly.
Caleb suffered a broken leg in the accident and Flatt suffered a broken pelvis. Officials said Flatt is in fair condition.
Shannon McKruit was one of the first paramedics on the scene and called the incident a “freak accident.”
“I just went to work, we had to do our job,” McKruit said. “The father tried to throw the kid out of the way. He took the brunt of the injury.”
Flatt and his son were both talking with paramedics before being taken to area hospitals.
“He was crying a lot when we got there but he was very easily calmed down,” McKruit said of the injured child. “He was a very well-adjusted kid.”