Semitrailer runs over boy's foot
Logan Harper-Vega is one lucky kid.
The 6-year-old, who attends first grade at Wilson Elementary School, was knocked over by a semitrailer which then ran over his foot early Tuesday in downtown Medford. Police are still looking for the driver.
"Every time I think about the details, I get the chills," said his mom, Cecilia Vega. "He's so lucky."
Vega and her three sons, Logan, 5-year-old Kenny, and Caleb, 17 months, were walking north on South Holly Street toward the Rogue Valley Transportation District bus transfer center to catch a 7 a.m. bus across town.
The family recently moved to Holly Street, so Vega and the boys get up early so the kids can attend the school and day-care center they loved in their old neighborhood, she said.
They got to West 10th Street and waited for the pedestrian signal so they could cross. When the light changed, Logan had just stepped forward when a truck hauling a low-boy or flatbed trailer traveling north on Holly made a right turn to head east on 10th Street. As the trailer swung around toward them, Vega, who was carrying her youngest son, put out her arm to shield Kenny, who was just a step behind her, and shouted at Logan to get back, Medford police reports said.
"I couldn't grab him quick enough," Vega said.
The trailer hit Logan and knocked him onto his back, then the wheels rolled over his left foot, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. Vega yelled at the truck driver to stop, but the driver, who apparently hadn't seen the family, didn't hear and continued down the street.
Another driver stopped at the intersection saw the accident and drove the family to Providence Medford Medical Center.
Officials there called police at about 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, roughly half an hour after the incident, Doney said.
Vega said Logan has three broken bones in his foot and needed stitches to repair torn tendons. Doctors hope the bones will heal without further surgery.
Logan stayed in the hospital until Wednesday, getting plenty of vanilla pudding and only two applications of scary needles.
"When I grow up, I'm going to be a doctor," he said.
His mom likes that idea, but mostly, she's just glad he'll have a chance to grow up.
"I thank God he's alive and healthy and healing now," she said.
Witnesses told police the truck was either red or white and that the trailer had wooden decking. Officers checked businesses and construction sites around downtown Tuesday in search of the truck, but couldn't find it. Police ask anyone with information about the vehicle or the incident to call 770-4784.
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