Lost Van is Latest Test for a Family of Faith

It only took a few seconds in the middle of a December night to create a problem that's lasted for months for one metro family.

The hit-and-run crash has caused lingering problems but the family has help in their home. Lorraine Anderson said, “The Lord is the head of this house."

Lorraine and her granddaughter, Sklyar Jackson, have faith. Skylar’s has been tested by spina bifida but she said, “My mom always told me that I can do anything I put my mind to, and if I want it bad enough, I can go out there and get it."

Five years ago, Skylar lost her mom and Lorraine lost her daughter – former Bellevue councilwoman Sharon Brown.

Before Sharon passed, she had purchased a special needs van for Skylar. It was parked along Florence Boulevard when someone crashed into the vehicle.

Lorraine said, "She lost her mother. Then she lost the van. She feels like, it looks like everything she had is being taken away from her."

That also includes a motorized wheelchair that was stolen in March.

Lorraine said the problems quickly mounted. The van was totaled. The insurance was liability only and the suspect had no insurance at all.

“But you know,” Lorraine said, ”my God said no man should lay down with an angry heart, pray for them, see."

Skylar said the van gave her freedom.

"It basically allowed me to go anywhere I wanted with my friends or my brother, my aunt - just to get out of the house and enjoy life."

Lorraine Anderson said the family was forced to call on a free ambulance service to get Skylar to and from doctor appointments.

The suspect driver and his passenger, identified as Jason Leonard and Heather Lentz, fled the accident scene but police found them and brought them back to crash site.

Police asked Leonard what happened. He told officers he fell asleep at the wheel and drifted into the next lane, striking Jackson’s van. Police reports state that Leonard and Lentz said they were in a daze so they fled.

WOWT 6 News has learned from court records that Leonard served one day of jail.


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