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Commissioner Hits Boy at Baseball Field in Baker County

10:59 PM, Apr 22, 2012   |    comments
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MACCLENNY, Fla. -- A young boy who just finished playing baseball was hit by a truck driven by Commissioner Michael Crews Saturday.

The boy has a cochlear implant. That implant can't get wet, so when it started raining, he ran across the street to put it in a safe place.

When he ran back across the street, that's when Baker County Commissioner Michael Crews hit the young boy with his truck.

"I got a little boy of my own. When I seen the little boy there, that's what I thought about," Commissioner Crews said.

Crews is still emotional one day after the horrific crash at Baker County's Little League baseball park. He says he was dropping his son off when he heard a sound.

"I was coming to a stop when I heard something hit the side of my truck. I wasn't sure what it was. When I got around the truck saw what it was, I wasn't sure where he'd come from," Crews said.

Nine-year-old Sean Tillis is sedated at Wolfson Children's Hospital. His mom Clare says his foot was caught in the truck wheel, his foot broken in four places and he has a fractured ankle.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They sent us their report, but it omits many details about what happened.

The 2011 Chevy truck involved in the crash Saturday is parked outside Commissioner Crews' home in Sanderson, where he talked with us about the crash.

"It's a tight community and everyone knows everyone. Stuff like this gets around fast. Everybody has the little fella in their thoughts and prayers," Crews said.

Commissioner Crews says he'll suggest putting a fence around the parking lot, in hopes of preventing a crash like this in the future.

Crews says the Florida Highway Patrol concluded its investigation and he won't be charged or cited. The boy's mother and father tell First Coast News they agree with that decision and insist Crews did nothing wrong.

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