Thursday, August 31, 2006

And You Think You Have Bad Days?

Holy Crap! This front page story from our weekly rag caught my eye. I can't imagine how horrible this mom feels.
(But I would like to know just how the heck the kid got out of the car in the first place! The back windows in newer cars don't roll down enough to allow a little kid to squeeze out...I thought. Or maybe mine were just exceptionally big for their age.)

A 5-year-old boy injured Friday in an accident on his way to school was listed in good condition Tuesday at St. John’s Regional Hospital in Springfield.

According to Ozark County Sheriff Raymond Pace, Kaden Gilpin, 5, fell from the 2002 Mercury driven by his mother, Amber Gilpin, as she backed out of the driveway to take him to school.

“She said he was not secured in the vehicle and somehow fell out and the vehicle rolled over him,” Pace said. “When she saw he was injured, she got him back into the vehicle to rush him to the clinic. After turning on Smokey Road, she had a second accident.”

According to a report by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Britt, Gilpin lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and overturned.

Efforts to get emergency medical assistance to the boy were hampered by another crash, which occurred on Highway 160 on the hills west of the Tecumseh Bridge. Although there were no injuries in the collision between a pickup and cement truck, the highway was blocked for a time, which kept emergency personnel from getting through until a wrecker could move one of the vehicles.

“By the time we got through, someone had brought the mom and boy to that point by private vehicle,” Pace said.

In the meantime, Air Evac had been called out of West Plains and picked up the child for transport to St. John’s.

Pace took the mother and another child to the Sheriff’s Department, and Ozark County Ambulance transported Amber Gilpin to St. John’s in Springfield, as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this accident. When you are doing 70 mph around a corner that you can't drive any vehicle around at 50 mph then you are not going to make it. Also
someone in the Mountaineer was holding Kaden in their lap so it is a wonder he didn't go flying out or into the window.
This lady is known for driving 20 to 30 mph above the speed limit all times. I am thankful that Kaden is doing well though. I am also thankful that all the other children in the SUV are okay too.

12/14/2006 10:59 AM  

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