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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -
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
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
"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
"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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