“He thought he killed this child,” Pauls Valley teen recovering after hit by semi hauling mobile home

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PAULS VALLEY, Okla. - A Pauls Valley teen is recovering after he was hit by a semi hauling a mobile home.

It happened as he was walking home from his first day of school Thursday along Highway 77.

Skid marks can still be seen along with road, and pieces of the truck are scattered along the shoulder.

"911. What's your emergency?"

"A child has been hit by a truck or something."


"911. What's your emergency?"

"(Inaudible.) A boy was just hit by a truck."


"A kid just got hit...by a truck.”

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows what the driver of a semi saw but just couldn't stop in time to avoid.

"The first thing I heard was the sound of the brakes locking up,” said Amanda Giambaresi.

Two of the boys got across in time, but the third didn't quite make it.

"And, saw the back of the trailer just starting to go from side to side on the road,” Giambaresi said.

The truck clipped the 14-year-old and threw him about 70 feet down the road.

A miracle - first responders said he shouldn't be alive.

"I saw the little boy standing up in the middle of the road trying to get back to the side of the road, and the other boys rushing to help him,” Giambaresi said. "You can see him get up and try to make his away to the other side in a daze."

"You could clearly tell he was in shock from the way he was stumbling,” Giambaresi said. "Everybody was trying to make him lie down, and they were yelling that the concrete was too hot. So, I ran to my vehicle and found my son's jacket and brought that to them."

The driver immediately stopped.

He is from Texas and frequently travels through on his route.

He's not in trouble but is shaken up about what happened.

"I spoke to him 45 minutes to an hour after it happened, and his hands were still shaky,” said Pauls Valley Assistant Police Chief Derrick Jolley. “He was terrified. He thought he killed this child."

The boy escaped with a broken elbow and will undergo surgery.

Pauls Valley police said they will be stepping up traffic enforcement around schools.

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