GREENSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – An 8-year-old girl is recovering at Riley Hospital for Children after she was hit by a pick-up truck Tuesday in Greensburg. Police said the girl tried to push her uncle out of the way before the crash.
According to the Greensburg Daily News, Gwyneth H. Blair and her uncle, Hershel T. Blair, 26, were both hit after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Washington and Ireland Streets. Police said the driver lost power in her brakes and went through the stop sign at Ireland, or Highway 421. The driver then hit another truck and it spun out of control, hitting the two victims on the sidewalk.
The girl suffered a broken right arm and also sustained abrasions to her back, lower body and to the left side of her face from being thrown against the sidewalk.
Gwyneth told the Daily News that she pushed her uncle out of the truck’s path, causing her to take significantly more of the impact than she otherwise would have. Hersel suffered minor injuries and was discharged from Decatur County Memorial Hospital shortly after being admitted.
When asked why she pushed her uncle out of the way, Gwyneth Blair replied, “because if he got hit, he would die.”
Family said Hershel has a shunt in his head due to learning disabilities. Any significant head trauma likely would have killed him.