UPDATE: OSU Student Back Home for First Time Following Dump Truck Accident

By: Josh McComas; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Josh McComas; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 2/14/13 @ 6 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It's been five months since an Ohio State student from South Point was riding his bike on campus and was hit by a dump truck.

Daniel Hughes had to have his right leg amputated following that accident..

Thursday afternoon about a hundred friends and family were thrilled to welcome Hughes back home for the first time since that accident.

The crowd stood outside South Point High School with welcome home signs and cheered and waved as Hughes and his family pulled up by the school.

The family pulled over, and people in the crowd walked by the car and hugged Daniel and talked with him and wished him well.

Maleea Martin was seeing Hughes for the first time since they graduated together from South Point last spring.

"He's so sweet,” Martin said. “He got voted class angel for our senior superlative last year. He's so sweet and kind."

For Hughes and his parents, it was an emotional moment when they saw that big crowd.

"I couldn't believe it,” Hughes said. “It was so inspiring, all those people that cared about me. It was just a sight to see."

"I'm not normally one to tear up," Daniel's mother Kelley Hughes said, "but seeing everybody gathering on behalf of my son, it brought tears to my eyes."

Hughes is not back to stay. He and his family have been living in an apartment in Columbus.

He is still going through outpatient rehab and has about four doctors appointments a week.

They'll be going back to Columbus Sunday or Monday, but they say they’re overjoyed to get a little time together back home.

Hughes says he's also looking forward to having a Giovanni's pizza.



UPDATE 1/9/13 @ 10:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The family of an Ohio State student who lost a leg when he was run over by a dump truck on campus is suing the university and others.

Daniel Hughes, a freshman from South Point, Ohio, was riding his bike to class on September 5 when he was hit by a dump truck near the entrance to a construction site.

The 18-year-old lost his right leg and suffered severe damage to his pelvis.

Hughes' family is suing Ohio State, the driver of the dump truck and 10 contractors hired by OSU. The action alleges that they failed to keep students safe.

OSU officials declined to talk about the lawsuit, other than to say that safety remains the highest priority on campus.



UPDATE 9/7/12 @ 3:40 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A local Ohio State student is undergoing yet another surgery Friday, and his father says that every hour of life is another hour closer to survival and recovery.

By text message and Twitter, Facebook and cell phone, the incredible networking devoted to South Point's Daniel Hughes' recovery includes a father. He's a devoted dad who's staying strong for his severely injured son, for his family and standing strong with a very caring community.

“We're still fighting the battle -- he's hanging in there and fighting hard,” David Hughes said.

In Columbus, the hard work continues. Ohio State University Campus Police are working to determine why a dump truck backed into Daniel Hughes Wednesday as he rode his bicycle.

The accident severely damaged much of Daniel’s lower body -- internally and externally. And the 18-year-old's father, David, at his son's Columbus hospital bedside, explained the need to amputate Daniel’s right leg.

“They feel this will help stabilize him, and help with blood loss.
And he'll need more surgeries in the future to repair or rebuild the pelvic area and his bladder,” said David Hughes.

“I think the term is -- Facebook is blowing up with prayer requests for Daniel,” family friend Brenda McKee said.

Back home in South Point, the communication powers of social media are keeping a community updated. And, helping power the spiritual side of this Eagle Scout and honor students hopeful recovery.

“I know social media has kept people connected from Indiana to North Carolina and across the country,” McKee said.

After spending time with the Hughes family, Ohio State University President Gordon Gee tweeted: "My heart goes out to our student Daniel Hughes. We are all thinking the most positive thoughts for a swift and smooth recovery."

“He did visit us and had a lot of concern and they're only wishing for the best,” David said.

“The family's biggest request is for prayer, and it’s been a constant reminder for people to pray," McKee said.

David says the outpouring of support is unbelievable and very touching.

In South Point, at the library, the grocery store, the gas station -- it seems everyone WSAZ.com came in contact with expressed their deep concern for Daniel Hughes and his family.

The OSU Campus Police tell us that after many interviews and an accident scene reconstruction, incident investigators still have a lot of information to process.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 9/6/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Prayer chains stretch all the way from our region to Columbus, as an Ohio State freshman from South Point fights for his life.

Daniel Hughes was severely injured Wednesday, when a dump truck hit him while he was riding his bicycle on campus.

Ohio State University Police say it was about 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, when Hughes was hit. Witnesses say the truck was backing out of a campus construction site.

David Hughes, Daniel's father, called WSAZ.com from Columbus.
He said his son's lower right side is severely injured, that he is in critical but stable condition, and the next 36 hours will tell if Daniel "will pull through."

The principal at South Point High School says the prayers are abound here for Daniel’s recovery. “Daniel is a fine young gentleman, very respectful, " said Principal Jayshree Shah.

Hughes went to Ohio State as a scholarship honors student after graduating from South Point in May -- 13th in his class.

Campus police say they will do a complete accident reconstruction as the incident is still under investigation. Police say the truck driver is a 71-year- old man from Columbus.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/6/12 @12:59 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An Ohio State University freshman from South Point, Ohio is in critical condition after police say he was hit by a dump truck while riding his bicycle on campus.

University Police tell WSAZ.com that 18-year-old Daniel Hughes was hit by a dump truck at a campus construction site on Wednesday afternoon.

Family friends confirm that the teen suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and has been in and out of surgery since Wednesday.

Hughes graduated from South Point High School back in May.

Police say the dump truck driver was a 71-year-old man working for the Monesi Trucking Company.


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