Racine child survives after getting pinned under father's truck
RACINE - A baby gets pinned under the truck his dad was driving, and somehow survived.
It was a dangerous combination - a parent in a hurry, and a child too small to see in the rearview mirror. Now a Racine family hopes their story will prompt others to slow down and look twice before putting your car in gear.
It's a miracle Kashton Nikolaus is alive. The one-and-a-half year old spent a week at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, after his father accidentally backed over him with his truck in their driveway.
Besides the visible scars and scrapes, Kashton has bruised internal organs and ribs, as well as a sprained hip. His mother pulled him from under the truck's tire.
"I hope no one ever has to see that," says Christen Sharkozy-Nikolaus. "I was frantic. He wasn't breathing. He was limp in my arms, and his whole entire face was blue. All I could think was my baby is gone. I've never believed in anything, but after this, I know something or someone was watching out for my little boy that day."
After the biggest scare of their lives, Kashton's family is starting a "look twice" campaign, and they plan to petition for the installation of back-up cameras or sensors in all cars.
It's a cause that hits close to home for another Racine family. Just two days before Kashton was run-over, another child was killed in a driveway there.
Naomi Guerero, 5, was on her way to a birthday party when a 16-year-old boy driving a van, backed-over her. He told police he didn't see the little girl.
Kashton's family does not have health insurance, and is working to pay-off Kashton's medical bills. If you'd like to help, you can visit their Gofundme page.
You can also donate to an account set up at Educators Credit Union under "Kashton Daniel's Benefit Fund."
Additionally, there will be a fundraiser for Kashton and his family on September 14th, at The Foxhole Lounge (VFW) - 820 Main St. Racine, WI.