Driver who hit boy faces numerous charges

March 5, 2008 7:59:16 AM PST
A 5-year-old boy is out of the hospital after being hit by a car while he exited a school bus.

The driver of the car that hit the boy said her car wouldn't stop.

A sedated 5-year-old Tre Bigler was barely awake when he left Pitt Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Twenty-four hours earlier his mom thought she was watching him die.

"I was losing one of my kids," Tre's mother, Doris Bigler, said. "I mean, if I lost my child there ain't no telling what would happen to me. Those kids are my everything."

Doris and her husband walked to Castalia Road to watch their three children get off the school bus. The first two made it off and across the road, but when Tre started to cross, a car came roaring down the road and hit him.

"I screamed," Doris said. "I yelled. I cried. I, I didn't move him but I, I was, I was covered in his blood."

She said the woman who hit her son shouldn't have been on Castalia Road or any other road. According to the Highway Patrol, the car driven by 40-year-old Chirley Gay has no brake and bad tires.

"I have no sympathy or pity for her," Doris said. "I don't, because, I mean, that's my baby."

Tre was airlifted to Pitt Memorial. Had he been two steps further out in the road, he would have been hit head-on instead of sideswiped. He suffered a fractured skull and has a lot of stitches.

Everyone knows he's lucky to be alive.

"It's a miracle," Doris said. "That's all I can say. He's one tough boy."

The D.A. confirms the driver is charged with a felony for passing a stopped bus, driving with a revoked license, driving with no insurance, passing a stopped school bus, no car tags, having a n inspection violation, driving with improper equipment, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and having drug paraphernalia in the car.


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