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Boy, 12, hurt when Jeep jumps curb

February 23, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Williamsport boy suffered severe injuries to his arm after a Jeep Cherokee jumped a curb on Artizan Street, struck him and then ran into the corner of a neighboring house, police said.

The boy, who was playing in his yard when the sport utility vehicle struck him, may lose the arm, a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy said.

The Jeep struck the 12-year-old boy, whose name was not released by authorities, about 6:55 p.m., Deputy James Sword said. He was playing on the front lawn of his 215 Artizan St. home, within a few steps of the Citgo gas station.

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Sword said the driver, whose name he would not release because he was a juvenile, lost control of the Jeep while turning onto Artizan Street from Sunset Avenue. He said investigators were trying to piece together what led to the crash.

Sword said the boy was taken to Washington County Hospital. Hospital personnel were trying to determine whether to move the boy to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center or a Baltimore facility Sunday night, he said.

Sword said the boy's arm was pinned under the Jeep following the accident.

Sword said he was surprised the boy was so talkative when he spoke with him at the hospital.

"Actually, for the condition he was in, he was in very good spirits," Sword said. "That's a good sign."

Sgt. Tim Baker said deputies will consult with the Washington County State's Attorney's Office today on the case.

A man at the scene who identified himself as the driver's brother said the driver was not injured. He declined to give his or the driver's name.

The Jeep caused little damage to the 213 Artizan St. home it struck. The front bumper, hood and wheel wells of the Jeep appeared to suffer extensive damage.

Inside, three generations of a Williamsport family were having a quiet Sunday dinner in the minutes before the impact disrupted their evening.

"We were eating dinner and heard this loud crash," Amy Short said. "He hit so hard, the whole house shook."

Short said the victim's father rushed to the scene within seconds of the crash.

"He was screaming, 'Did you hit my son? Did you hit my son? Where is my son?'" Short said. "It was pretty scary."

Brian Sheppard, an off-duty volunteer firefighter who was eating dinner at the home the vehicle struck, said the boy remained conscious and did not appear to suffer serious injuries to any parts of his body other than his arm.

"He was alert," Sheppard said. "The tough little kid was handling it very well."

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