6-Year-Old Recovering After Being Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

Ariona Thomas

(KETV 7) – Jasmine Thomas remembers the haunting screams from her son. “I have never heard him scream like that or say, “Oh, my gosh, mom, Sissy, Sissy,'” Thomas said.

She had been knocked unconscious. They were hit by a suspected drunken driver who was allegedly speeding through their neighborhood Nov. 6.

“Our life was shattered,” Thomas said.

Her 6-year-old daughter, Ariona, lay limp in the back seat. Paramedics rushed her to a hospital performing CPR. “All they told me is, ‘She is still breathing. She still has a pulse,'” Thomas said.

Medical staff told Thomas that Ariona had a spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. If she lived, she would be a paralyzed and on a breathing machine for the rest of her life. CONTINUE