A surveillance camera captured footage of a car mowing down three young Oakland family members, one of whom is a 5-year-old boy who is now lying paralyzed in a hospital bed.
According to nbcbayarea.com:
The horrific collision occurred late July 5 at Fruitvale and Brookdale Avenues after the trio visited a park and stopped for ice cream. The family members were a block away from home, but they never made it there. Instead, they were rushed to a hospital.
“Why must it happen to us?” Jackie Velasquez, 20, said. “But then again I just have to say at least we are alive.”
The security footage, which is difficult to watch, shows the two older girls look up in shock at the oncoming car and brace for impact. In a split second, though, they were airborne, while the boy was dragged by the vehicle.
“I guess also my cousin assumed that it should have stopped,” Jackie Velasquez said. The third-year UC Riverside student underwent surgery after sustaining fractured ribs and damage to her internal organs, according to a GoFundMe page that has been set up for the victims’ families.
An 18-year-old girl, who was on the verge of starting college courses, suffered a broken ankle, torn knee ligaments and a fractured right hip, for which she will need multiple surgeries.
The youngest child was found under the vehicle with a broken right pelvis and spine. His sister, Wuendy Calmo, who created the GoFundMe page, said the boy will need daily physical therapy to regain any sensation in his legs. It remains to be seen, though, if he will be able to walk again.
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