5-year-old girl survives being hit, pinned under a vehicle

U.S. & World

A young girl in Colorado is recovering from her injuries after a traffic accident left her pinned under the wheel of an SUV this week. 

Sarah Maynes was hospitalized in intensive care for several days after the Tuesday incident.

Her family believes distracted driving is to blame.

“I feel blessed to have her home,” said her father, James Maynes.

Three days ago, his daughter was fighting for her life.

“It had looked like her eyes and everything was just like coming out of her face,” he said.

The dad and daughter were shopping together at a Target when a woman turned right into the crosswalk, he said.

Her father said he was hit and pushed back and his daughter, Sarah, said “we got crashed.”

Her bright blood red eyes tell the rest of the story that her words can’t.

“I was under the tire,” Sarah said.

“I just immediately looked for her and I’d seen her trapped underneath the tire,” her father said.

He said his 30-pound daughter was pinned under an SUV for about 10 seconds. 

“She wasn’t breathing at first and there was a lot of blood. The pressure of the car just had her. Everything comes out either through your mouth, eyes, ears,” he said.

She also suffered a broken collarbone, collapsed lung and lots of bumps and bruises.

The crash is still under investigation.

“We were clearly right in the crosswalk,” he said.

Sarah’s father said the incident is a clear case of distracted driving.

“Really nothing is important as you know staying focused while you’re driving,” Sarah’s father said.

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