4-Year-Old Boy Hit By Car, Bruises Lung and Breaks Leg

BOMONT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One little boy is recovering after being hit by a car.

For Ernest Westfall, Good Friday started too early.

"I was asleep and heard this knock on my door," Westfall said.

That pounding came from his nephew, Jeremy Roberts, who was frantic after backing into his son, Daniel.

"He already had Daniel up laying on the truck with a pillow wrapped around his leg because he knew it was broken," Westfall said.

That injury, along with a bruised lung, meant Jeremy's and Daniel's planned trip to breakfast turned into a helicopter ride to CAMC General Hospital.

It's accidents like this why your next vehicle purchase could require a back-up camera.

"When you're trying to back up in a vehicle, it's always awkward," said James Bailey, assistant manager at Royal Chrysler Jeep in Charleston. "It has been for years."

The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency recently announced that every vehicle build from May 1, 2018, and on will require a reverse camera.

They say there are 15,000 injuries every year from back-up accidents, 210 of which are fatal.

A backup camera provides an unrestricted view of what's going on behind your vehicle, including distance markers to let you know how far back things are. In essence, it takes away any surprises.

While the addition will not eliminate all mishaps, the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency says the vision to stop any of them is a step forward.

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