Boy Hit By Car: "I Was Flying Through The Air"

By: Malorie Maddox, Mike McKnight Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Mike McKnight Email

A 12-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after getting hit by a car in Treynor, Iowa.

"The next thing I knew...I hear brakes slamming and I was flying through the air." said Dave Burhenne.

Dave was riding his bike in Treynor. He says he looked both ways, pulled out...and felt the hit.

"It hit me and I was like flying 20 feet across the way into a ditch." said Dave.

Dave's father, Eugene, heard his other son yelling and went running to the ditch.

"I ran over there and he was laying face down." Eugene said.

A neighbor heard it, and ran to help. A nurse also ran to his side.

Paramedics raced to the scene. Dave had to get 37 stitches in his head. His mom rushed to meet him at the hospital.

Kristine Kleindienst says, "I couldn't breath. I was scared to death. I knew he was hurt but I didn't know to what extent."

As Dave recovers, he admits he should have been wearing his helmet.

"I wouldn't have the 37 stitches in my head."

Treynor Police are investigating the crash.

You can still see the skid marks on the road. Dave's parents know...they are lucky he is okay.

Kristine says, "I feel very lucky. I could have been planning a funeral today. Instead, we're planning on him getting to go home which we're grateful for."

Dave is back home now. He plans to support the National Safety Council to show others the importance of wearing helmets.

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