For the first time, we’re hearing from a 10-year-old boy injured after Washington County, Tennessee investigators said a car hit him as he was trying to get on a school bus.
The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 81 South.
The victim was 10-year-old Donavon Sampson, a fourth-grade student at Jonesborough Elementary School.
Donavon was released from Niswonger Children’s Hospital Thursday after suffering a cracked fibula and multiple bruises and cuts.
His grandmother, Barbara Hutton, invited WJHL to their home to talk about what happened.
The family living room was covered with balloons and get well cards as Donavon’s leg was propped up on a pillow.
“I got up on my own earlier,” Donavon said.
He shared the moments before he was struck by a car at his bus stop.
“I got my clothes on for school,” Donavon said. “We just started walking down to the end of the driveway and then the bus was coming., it was stopped all the way, yellow lights flashing. I started to board the school bus and then she just hit me and I started flying.”
It’s a crash he said he can barely remember but recalls seeing the car and trying to move out of the way.
“I was like ‘Ow that really hurt so bad’ and then I was talking in my mind to God and I said ‘Well at least I tried to run back,’ and he was there for me,” Donavon said. “I just lived.”
Investigators said 41-year-old Crystal Buchanan was the woman behind the wheel.
“She probably didn’t mean to and well if all I could do to forgive her is say ‘It’s okay’ and ‘you need to be paying attention,” Donavon said.
Donavon’s grandmother said he is supposed to make a full recovery. She said doctors expect him to be in a leg brace for about three weeks.
Court documents obtained by WJHL reveal Buchanan told investigators she did not see the school bus or the flashing lights.
Buchanan was charged with felony reckless endangerment and illegal passing of a school bus.
She is scheduled to appear in court on January 22.