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Family thankful after passerby saves 3-year-old boy from crash


More information is being released about a Wood County crash that injured three people on Saturday. One of them is a three-year-old boy.

But thanks to some quick thinking by a witness, authorities say the child's life was saved.

"I owe my life to him," said Brad Crary, the three-year-old boy's father.

Crary says his son Christopher is lucky to be alive.

"I never thought that anything in my life, I could have lost him and this gentleman is a hero," Crary said.

Crary says he's grateful his son is OK, after being involved in a crash Saturday morning. Police say a 16-year-old Pittsville driver was traveling westbound on Highway 12. That's when they say he lost control, overcorrected and crashed into an oncoming car.

That car was driven by 46-year-old Rhonda Sherman, with three-year-old Christopher inside. Sherman was thrown from the car.

"The child remained in the vehicle, and then after the crash was over, that vehicle was on fire," State Patrol Sgt. Steve Krueger said.

But authorities say someone near the crash acted fast.

"Fortunately there was a passerby or witness that scrambled over to the car and got the child out before the vehicle burned," Krueger said.

"Had that guy not come by and pulled him out, I could have lost him," Crary said.

Sherman is dating Christopher's father. She is still in serious condition.

"She's going to get well, long road to recovery, but she will get better. We're thankful that she's still with us and thankful for everyone on scene," Sherman's daughter Nicole Van Ryzin said.

The boy had no injuries, other than small burns from the car seat.

"I was so relieved and so thankful," Crary said.

Christopher's father says he's glad a good citizen was there, and hopes to say thank you in person.

"I would love to get a hold of the gentleman, I really would," Crary said.

Officials say no charges have been filed against the 16-year-old driver. He was held over night at the hospital for observation. An investigation is still ongoing.

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