Boy, 4, hit by car after driver runs red light in South Shore

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CHICAGO — Shari Wheeler was walking her son Ryan to school Friday morning when cars collided in front of her eyes at a South Shore intersection.

“I moved back as quick as possible,” Wheeler said. “The car took my baby out my hand, like, maybe 50 feet away from me.”

Wheeler panicked and sprinted over to her 4-year-old son, who wasn’t moving.

“I took him and started running and just fell in the grass, yelling for help,” she said. “Rocking him, saying, ‘It’s gonna be alright.’”

Wheeler wasn’t responding.

Paramedics arrived quickly after the crash, which happened about 8:45 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Jeffery Avenue. First responders took Ryan to Comer Children’s Hospital; he woke up before they got there.

“He was moving his eyes and his hands and kept saying, ‘Mommy, I want to go home.’”

The crash was caused by a driver who ran a red light after exiting a Mobil gas station. Several cars were hit before one spun out of control and hit Ryan.

The 4-year-old boy suffered a severe concussion and is expected to recover fully. Doctors are keeping Ryan overnight for observation.

Wheeler knows how lucky she is.

“He just keeps telling me, ‘Sit down, Mommy.’ So I feel great,” She said. “I am happy.”

The driver who caused the crash was ticketed.


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