Mother pleads with drivers to pay attention after son hit by car

SEATTLE -- A Seattle mother is pleading for drivers to change some of their habits after her son and his friend were hit by two separate cars in the same intersection.

Angelo Johnston, 12, and a younger friend were riding their bicycles from the Georgetown neighborhood to Jefferson Park on Monday afternoon when Johnston's friend was hit by a car while trying to cross Airport Way South at Corson Avenue South.

Johnston said Tuesday during an interview from his hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center that he tried to check on his friend but was hit by another car seconds later in the same intersection.

"He got hit first, but he didn't get scraped as bad or break any bones," Johnston said. "I ran to get my bike and got hit."

Johnston's thigh bone disconnected from his hip, which broke in 6 or 7 spots, his mother said. He went through 4 hours of surgery, but he isn't able to walk on his own, she added.

"He's a very tough kid. He never cried. Not once. Not the whole time. Not after surgery. Not before surgery. I cried. Cried like a baby," Kristamarie Johnston said.

Johnston hopes what happened to her son will encourage all drivers to be more aware of their surroundings.

"Pay attention," said Angelo Johnston.

"That half of a second that somebody could have paused could have potentially avoided this situation," said Kristamarie Johnston.

Johnston is hopeful her son will make a full recovery.

"I'm very optimistic," she said.

She fears it's only a matter of time before another child is hit.

"It could be somebody's kid and in this case, it just happened to be mine," Johnston said.

Johnston said her son will miss the start of school on September 3rd because of the accident. Her son will use a walker for a while then graduate to crutches. Hopefully, he'll be able to walk on his own after going through physical therapy, she said.

Seattle police said they interviewed both drivers about the two crashes. There's no word yet if they will face any charges. Officers don't think drugs or alcohol were a factor in either crash.

Officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crashes to call (206) 625-5011.