Boy, 13, critical after being hit by mail truck

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:54 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A teenager is in critical condition Friday after he was hit by a U.S. Postal Service truck on his way home from school.

“He was basically just excited to get home and play his Xbox,” said Carrina Murphy, Aaron’s aunt.

Aaron Murphy, 13, got off of his school bus and was walking home, when the accident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday on Virginia Avenue in West Huntington.

“His backpack was found like 20 feet away from the scene. He was knocked back,” said Carrina.

Aaron suffered a fractured skull, brain bleeding, along with a broken foot and shoulder.

“We’re holding out hope that he’s going to be OK. We’re not sure yet. His mom, I don’t know it doesn’t really feel real it’s kind of hard to believe still,” said Carrina.

Thursday was Aaron’s first day back to school after taking some time off after his father recently died.

“I think the craziest part is he’s still dealing with his dad’s death, and we’re all still trying to mourn his dad and then this happens, so now everyone is pretty much just in shock. You don’t expect that,” Carrina said.

Carrina said Aaron has been in and out of consciousness and is still struggling to regain his memory.

“Last night he wasn’t able to remember his mom, and he didn’t know how good he was. He thought he was nine, but this morning they finally got him to wake up. That was a little after eight o’clock he remembered his mom,” Carrina said.

The U.S. Postal Service issued the following statement:

“The investigation into the accident in Huntington, WV on November 4, 2021 is ongoing. The Postal Service extends sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to the young pedestrian involved.”

Huntington Police say the accident happened in front of Adams Landing.

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