Teen remains in hospital after car swallowed by sinkhole

A west suburban boy continues to recover after sustaining injuries Tuesday when the car he was riding in plunged into a sinkhole.

15-year-old Benjamin Hernandez and his mother San Juanita Pineda were delivering papers early Tuesday, the morning after severe storms hit the Chicago area. Pineda was driving one minute, 10-feet under the road the next.

Pineda called 911 from inside the car. Her son was badly hurt.

“He was having problems breathing,” Pineda said. “He was having chest pains, his back was hurting. He said, ‘Ma, I lost my teeth.’”

While on the phone with 911, their car was hit by a truck.

“All of a sudden, a truck flies over me. A truck didn’t even know that there was a sinkhole there,” Pineda said.

Pineda has minor injuries. Benjamin has a fractured spine, broken ribs, a broken jaw and a broken nose and cheekbone. He is out of the ICU but remains in the hospital.

Pineda plan to open a bank account soon to collect money for the medical bills not covered by insurance.

 

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