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4-year-old boy hospitalized after being hit, dragged by SUV

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A 4-year-old boy is at Sacred Heart after he was hit by a car at a crosswalk Sunday night.

Jeremy Ownby says his son Nicholas, his other son, and his service dog were walking at the intersection of Mill and Hastings, just down the road from Mead High School around 5:30 pm on Sunday.

“I always tell my boys to stay close,” he says.

He also tells his boys to wait for the walk sign before crossing. And that night, he reminded his boys again.

“I'm like alright guys stay close to me. I figured that would be the safest spot in front of me and it just shows there's no safe spot,” he says.

While they were crossing, a driver was turning and somehow didn’t see them.

“I reached out for my boys and grabbed them,” Ownby says.

He was able to get his boys back, but Nicholas was clipped by the driver’s side bumper, then dragged about 3 feet before the front tire ran over his pelvis, Ownby says.

“I was down holding my son, thinking my son was dead,” he says.

His son has bruising on his lungs, bruising on his brain, fractures around his eye socket, and other injuries. Doctors tell Ownby, Nicholas is doing okay, but he’s not out of the woods yet. Ownby is just praying his son will recover.

“So many things I wish I could've done,” he says.

But right now, he wants to share this message to protect other kids.

“Start watching out for crosswalks. Look out for our children. These are our future here,” he says.

Ownby says the driver did stop and speak with deputies. The crash is listed as accidental.

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