Mother of 4-year-old hit by van near Lawton Park speaks out

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hold your kids tight. That is the advice from mother Brya Kelso after her son was badly hurt after being struck by a car while running across a street near downtown Fort Wayne Saturday evening.

Tyus Jackson (courtesy: Brya Kelso)

Around 6:30 p.m. Kelso was walking with her 4-year old son, Tyus Jackson, along a sidewalk near Lawton Park. Jackson then let go of his mother’s hand and ran across 4th street. A van travelling eastbound on 4th street then struck Jackson.

According to a Fort Wayne Police release, the van was unable to stop in time. Alcohol was not immediately suspected. The driver of the van has not been named.

Kelso says the time when Tyus darted onto the street to being hit was only a few seconds. According to Kelso, Tyus suffered a broken femur in his right leg along with a shoulder injury. He was eventually airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical, but stable condition.

Since being transported to Riley Children’s Hospital, Jackson has been able to communicate with his mother.

Although it was an accident, Kelso asks drivers to be mindful of the speed limit in areas where there could be many pedestrians walking around. She also urges parents with young children to make sure they are secured when walking along busy streets. In the meantime, Kelso has started a GoFundMe to help pay for hospital expenses. does not assure that the monies or donations deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a donation, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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