Rylie Carbonneau, 7, was riding his tricycle near his home when a speeding truck hit him. Witnesses say the truck may have run a stop sign. The truck dragged him for nearly 50 feet before coming to a stop.
Carbonneau broke both of his legs in the car accident. Doctors were unable to repair one of his legs, so they made the decision to amputate it. His mother Nicole said it has been difficult watching her son struggle with the accident’s aftermath.
“Just seeing him not be able to get up and play, he can’t do the things he likes to do,” she said. “It’s just heartbreaking. Sorry, it really is.”
The driver, 48-year-old Martin Cardona-Avila, faces a charge of careless driving causing bodily injury. He apologized for the accident.
“I don’t feel good at all,” he said. “I’m sorry that it happened. It was just an accident. I was driving along and I did my stop and all of a sudden the child came from I don’t know where. I don’t see him.”
In 2010, 7,000 children under age 9 sustained injuries as pedestrians in car accidents, and 162 died, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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