Area boy recovers after semi-truck hit and run

Nelson, WI (WEAU) -- One mother's emotional journey continues as she and her son still wait for answers in the investigation into her son's hit and run accident.

Crystal and her son, Corie Maynard have been through a lot in the two months since Corie's accident, but their journey isn't over yet.

Corie seems like any other normal nine-year-old. He enjoys sports and playing with his friends, but Corie was involved in a hit and run semi accident on April 1st of this year that, Corie’s mom, Crystal Maynard say, made being like any other child his age difficult.

Maynard says, "All of the sudden having to go to a complete halt and not do things, it was very hard for him. He was a very independent little boy; able to come and go as he wants so being sheltered in the hospital was kind of hard for him."

Maynard has been through a lot with her son. Corie spent eight and a half weeks in the hospital recovering from shattered bones in the lower part of his jaw, a small brain injury as well as a broken leg and fractured fingers. Yet, despite all they've been through Maynard doesn't hold a grudge against the driver of the semi.

Maynard says, "I would honestly like to find the driver to apologize to him, because it's also a truck driver's worst nightmare to hit somebody. I'd like to shake the man's hand and tell him I'm very sorry for what exactly has happened."

The case is still being investigated by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s department but Maynard says she's not focusing so much on the investigation as taking care of her son. She says, "My main concern is my son, it still is. We have the best investigators on it and I'm okay with letting them doing their job and do what's more important right now, and that's being a mother."

Corie is recovering well under his mother's watchful eye, and has learned a hard lesson from this experience. "Look both ways before crossing the street."

Corie still has at least two more surgeries to undergo on his mouth and at least one more on his leg. But his mother says he's in good spirits and can't wait to get back on the field to play baseball.


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