DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Instead of Trick-or-Treating tonight, two Danville children are recovering at UK Hospital after an SUV hit them.
The two 11-year-olds were walking home from school yesterday when police say a teen driver lost control of his car on South Alta Avenue at East Main. The driver ran off the road and hit the boys.
One child was pinned under the SUV, just inches away from being run over by its tire. WKYT's Sean Moody spoke with Eli Gooch and Ben Harper's fathers this afternoon while the boys recover at UK Hospital. They said that the two are in good spirits and have a great support system around them.
Ben and Eli's fathers say the two are nearly lifelong friends.
"The two have gone to school together since they were three," Todd Gooch, Eli Gooch's father, said.
Now the two are helping each other recover after they were hit by a car.
"I got the worst call any parent would want to get; my wife called me and said our sons been hit by a car," Stuart Harper, Ben Harper's father, said.
Eli described, to his father, what the life-threatening accident was like.
"He said that he saw the car coming, blacked out, felt himself tumbling and woke up under the car," Good said.
The two were taken to UK Hospital. Eli's got an injury to his vertebra and Ben's got fractures to his pelvis. Todd Gooch says the fact that the boys are going through this together helps.
"Glad that if Eli had to go through this, that Ben was there with him," Gooch said.
Obviously being in the hospital isn't any kid's idea of fun on Halloween night. They've got siblings who'll make sure they get their share of candy.
"His two younger brothers will do double door knocking and make sure he gets his candy," Harper said.
Police say the driver also hit a fence and house, but that the driver wasn't injured. Police said the SUV's tires didn't have much tread on them at the time of the accident.