3-Year-Old Boy Survives Athens Pedestrian-Car Accident

A young child named Isaiah Pitts was run over by a pickup truck on Monday, January 31, 2011, in Athens, Georgia. Police indicated that the 3-year-old boy wandered away from his family and was hit by a truck around 6:30 p.m., Monday evening.

The family members of the child were outside their home at 2360 W. Broad St., when they realized that Pitts had wandered away from them. They called his name, and he darted out into the path of the pickup. The Athens-Clarke police said that the truck dragged him almost 20 feet, and one of the truck's wheels ran over one of his legs.

When the truck came to a stop, Pitts crawled out from under the vehicle. He was crying and told his grandmother, Madeline Gonzalez, "I'm broke," and that a car had hit him.

He was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition, and was later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. On Tuesday, he was out of critical condition and breathing on his own. Pitts will receive reconstructive surgery for the facial injuries that he suffered. Authorities have said that none of his injuries were life-threatening. However, he did suffer multiple fractures to his pelvis.

The Athens-Clarke police said that the truck driver will not be charged, as the little boy darted out in front of him.

We are saddened to hear of this Georgia pedestrian and car accident, but are relieved that Isaiah Pitts is alive. We wish him a full and complete recovery, and send our warm thoughts to his family during this difficult time.

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