A 5-year-old Bogart boy remained on Friday in Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta after he and his mother were hit by a van while crossing a street during a Tuesday evening Halloween outing in downtown Statham.
“It’s a miracle he is alive,” Katlin Harvey Bentley, the boy’s mother, said Thursday evening by phone from the hospital.
Bentley, who was hospitalized overnight in Athens for broken bones in her ankle and heel, said her son, Kross, has a fractured eye socket and serious road rash injuries on his face, left arm and leg.
The Georgia State Patrol said the pair was hit while in a marked crosswalk by a Chrysler minivan driven by a 47-year-old man, who is expected to be charged. The accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in the downtown area near Railroad Street.
Bentley said she, her husband, Matt, son, Kross, and 2-year-old son Killyan, were trick or treating in Statham with numerous other families. She said they were crossing the street in the crosswalk when she happened to see a van coming off Atlanta Highway onto Jefferson Street.
When she suddenly saw the van near them, “I pushed the stroller with my 2-year-old out of the way and tried to push my 5-year-old out, but I didn’t,” she recalled.
“I went up on the hood and windshield and was thrown, and hit my head on the pavement. My 5-year-old went underneath the car and was pinned by his arm by the back tire,” she said. “He was screaming and yelling for me, but I couldn’t get to him.”
There happened to be medics across the street, she said, so her son was lucky to get immediate treatment.
“They wouldn’t let me move because they were afraid my neck was broken,” she said.
Kross was taken by ambulance to a nearby ballfield and from there he was airlifted by helicopter to Egleston, she said.
The family was just recently struck by tragedy when their 10-day-old daughter died when her heart suddenly stopped on Oct. 6.
“We had just lost our daughter, so I couldn’t stand the thought of losing him,” Bentley said of Kross.
Matt Bentley posted on Facebook that his wife will now be out of work due to the injury. A gofundme account has been set up to help the family.
“If you could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated,” the father said.
The account can be found at www.gofundme.com/4ngfjio.