Boy hit by car while riding bicycle: 'I'm thankful that I'm alive right now'

Zaiden Cochran, 10, was hit by car on Saturday, July 29, 2017, while riding his bicycle in Marysville. He was released from the hospital on Sunday morning. (KOMO Photo)

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A 10-year-old boy sent to the hospital Saturday after being hit by a car in Marysville is back home and talking about the frightening ordeal.

Zaiden Cochran was riding his bicycle when he was hit near 69th Avenue Northeast and 61st Place Northeast. He was rounding a corner to head up a hill when the accident happened, he said. It appears he flew up and onto the car's windshield then fell to the ground.

"It was like a nightmare," Cochran said. "I’ve had dreams like that where I’ve... it just gets me very scared where it’s hard for me to breathe. And like I can’t move. And I usually wake up to the point to where it gets a very hard feeling. When it actually happened, I actually couldn’t wake up. So, I knew it wasn’t a dream."

Cochran is sure thankful he got this bicycle helmet when he did despite the injuries to his back, his swollen left eye, and the scrapes on his knees and arms.

"I’m thankful that I’m alive right now," he said.

He picked the helmet out on Thursday after his younger brother got a new bicycle, he said.

Little did they know how crucial it would be when Cochran rounded a corner on his bicycle Saturday afternoon and came face-to-face with a car coming down the hill.

"I was gonna say 'Zaiden.' And then when I was like ‘Zzzzz’… he was already in the air. And I was like ‘Is that his bike?’" said Madden Cochran, Zaiden's 8-year-old brother. "And then he dropped and I was like ‘Oh my god! Please help him!’"

"When it hit, I felt a bump. Then I don’t remember anything from that until I woke up," Zaiden Cochran added.

Pain filled Cochran’s body as his brother rushed back home to tell their mom what had happened.

Doctors treated Cochran for a crack on his spine that makes it hard for him to get up and walk around, he said.

Amazingly, he’s expected to make a full recovery.

"I felt… I felt that it saved me," Cochran said while holding his broken bicycle helmet.

It was a valuable lesson about safety that he and his brother now hope to share with other kids.

They’ll both be wearing bicycle helmets again once Cochran fully heals.

"Wear a helmet because it’s very safe. And if you do end up crashing, then you might pass away," Cochran said.

The 21-year-old driver who hit Cochran was cooperative with officers, Marysville police said. The man was released from the scene and was not cited. Despite what Cochran’s family believes, police told KOMO News they don’t think speed was a factor in what happened.

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