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Teen hit by car says it's his fault

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -

A journey to deliver a job application takes a dangerous turn.

"I was trying to get there quick just to get it over with and turn it in," says Jacob Proffitt, a Lexington teen.

Jacob Proffitt, 16 tells WKYT's Brittany Pelletz that he tried dart across New Circle road near Harrodsburg Road.

"It was pretty clear. To the left of me, I saw a car about 300 feet away. I thought I would make it. I didn't realize how fast the car was going," says Proffitt.

Proffitt says when he realized the car was so close, it was too late, "I misjudged it and it swerved into me. It hit me and I flew over the median where the bars are and I don't remember that much after it."

Jacob was rushed to the hospital, where he learned it was going to be a long time before he would ever walk again.

"I've broken my tibia, fibula, my leg. I have a metal rod put in my leg. I also have a plate right here," says Proffitt.

Proffitt says he lost count at 100 of how many stitches he has. But, for this Lexington teen, three months of rehabilitation sure beats the alternative, "A car going 55 miles per hour, I very well could have died so I am lucky."

Jacob says he wants to meet the driver who hit him, "I just wanted to talk to her and say I am sorry about the incident and I hope that she doesn't feel too bad about that because it was an accident."

Jacob also wants other people to follow the childhood lesson of looking both ways before crossing the street. He also recommends to not cross a busy street like he did.


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