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Mother of boy injured by car: "He has a long road to recovery."

Created: 07/30/2014 5:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

News10NBC is hearing from the mother of a boy seriously injured when a car fell on top of him. 

Ten-year-old Thomas Benjamin is in serious condition. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon on Reitz Road in Red Creek, Wayne County. 

Thomas was flown to Upstate Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.  His mother says he’s still undergoing tests, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Melissa Benjamin says she’s still trying to get the image of her son, Thomas, pinned underneath a car, out of her head.  

Benjamin said, “The car fell. The jack slipped, the car fell and Thomas couldn't get out fast enough.”

Benjamin says a family friend was working on his car at her house Tuesday. The car was jacked up and Thomas was under it, watching as his older brother and his friend changed the headlights. That is when a jack, holding the car up, buckled and the car fell, pinning Thomas under it.  His brother and his friend lifted the car off of Thomas as his mother pulled him out. 

Benjamin said, “It's just unbelievable that a 15-year-old and 25-year-old can lift a car. I owe them everything.”

Thomas was flown to Upstate medical center in Syracuse.  His mom says he has undergone one surgery already and is scheduled for an MRI later Wednesday. She says he is going to have a long road to recovery, but says he is expected to be okay.

Benjamin said, “I just can't wait until we can go home and everything is better.

State Police say it appears this was nothing more than an accident and charges are not expected to be filed.  





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