Joe Wyatt credits a helmet with saving his son’s life.
“He had no head injury, no neck injury. His whole body was wrecked. I mean, he had injuries from here down on his entire left side. Broken pelvis, broken femur. But no head injury,” Joe explained.
On Sept. 23, Joe and Max Wyatt, 5, were coming back from school when they entered a crosswalk at South Owyhee Street and West Kootenai Street.
Joe recalls seeing a van approaching quickly. Before he could comprehend what was happening, Max and his bike disappeared.
“We were in the crosswalk. Both of us. It wasn’t like she was turning. She was just coming straight toward us,” Wyatt said. “And I was just in disbelief that she was approaching us and then horrified when Max just disappeared in front of my face. She just took him. I think about it all the time.”
The driver, identified as Scholastique Twagirayesu, of Boise, has been cited for inattentive driving.
Joe watched his son being dragged across the concrete for about 40 feet before the vehicle stopped.
In a panic, he started screaming for help.
Max was pinned under the van, and Joe said all he could think about was getting his son out. He said four or five guys got to the front of the vehicle and lifted, while Joe yanked Max’s arm to pull him free. Joe still doesn’t know the names of the strangers who helped.
Max was not breathing and Joe recalls looking down at his son’s chest, wh...
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