Passersby on Sunday said it was like a scene from a movie. But unlike a movie, those involved in this crash didn’t walk away unscathed.
Police say Ethan Hathaway was riding along on his dad’s newspaper delivery route when 19-year-old Tyler Jarred hit them.
Hathaway had to be taken by LifeFlight to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland for serious injuries, including a broken jaw, broken leg and a torn lip needing about 100 stitches.
While upset by the situation, Hathway’s mother feels for Jarred’s family.
“He knew he was breaking the law and he needs to be held accountable, but I still feel bad for him at the same time because he is injured. He is hurting, but when it all comes down to it, I feel bad for his parents for having to go through something similar,” said the boy’s mother, Calandra Burgess, in an interview over the phone.
Ethan’s family does plan on filing charges, but right now their focus is on their son’s full recovery. They say he’s doing much better now and can even talk a little. The family said they were surprised and utterly grateful for the continued outpouring of support from the Eugene community.