Family holds vigil for recovering boy hit by DUI driver

Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 12:18 AM EDT
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MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A prayer vigil was held Sunday for one of the five people who was hit by a car driven by a man who has been charged with DUI. A 12-year-old boy has been fighting for his life at a hospital in Morgantown since he was hit by the car Friday evening. A Go-Fund-Me has also been created to help the family with all of their travel costs.

Mason County deputies said Christopher Sturgeon lost control of his car, hitting two elderly people and three children who were walking to the Mason County Fair. After investigating, deputies said Sturgeon was under the influence while driving. He has been charged with a DUI causing serious injury.

Brailey Wallace and his two brothers were three of the five people hit. Brailey’s cousin, Anniston Lane, said his legs were run over by the car Sturgeon was driving.

Brailey was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital and then to a hospital Morgantown, where he underwent a six-hour surgery.

Lane said he was so excited to go to the fair. They had just gotten there and he just jumped out of the car ready to get to the gates when Sturgeon’s car hit him.

“They were just walking down the road almost to the fair gates and the driver struck them,” Lane said.

Brailey’s family, firefighters, and community members came together for a vigil Sunday night. They say the power of prayer is is helping Brailey and his mom to pull through.

“Well I believe in prayer 100% percent and I believe that is what got us this far,” Lane said.

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