A Payson family is still in shock after their 6-year-old son was hit by the sideview mirror of a moving truck while playing on a dirt field several feet from the roadway near their home.
Skylar Chambers, 6, who lives in the 400 block of East Ponderosa Street with his family, was struck by the vehicle at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Chambers was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where he was treated and released. In the accident, he lost two teeth and another four were loosened, and the boy's mother, Summer Chambers, said her son will now need some major dental work.
A CAT scan and X-rays revealed no other injuries.
She said the accident occurred when a small truck swerved on the narrow road to avoid an oncoming car.
The boy was knocked to the ground. He got up and ran toward his home.
"I was covered with blood," he said.
Seven police vehicles arrived at the location minutes after the accident.
Payson Police Commander Don Engler said two vehicles going in opposite directions on the narrow road resulted in Thomas Robert Sears, 20, pulling his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck off the roadway to let the other driver pass. In doing so, he hit the boy.
The mother said the driver's speed on Ponderosa, which is commonly used to avoid Beeline Highway during high traffic times, was a factor.
"We get a lot of people that drive so fast," she said. "He obviously was going too fast." The posted speed limit on the street is 25 mph, but, she added, most vehicles drive in excess of 35 mph.
She said the accident could have been much worse, and was thankful her son was not seriously injured.
"There are so many kids on this roadway," she said, pointing to five children a few houses away. "He was not even in the road and still got hit. They go so fast."
She said it is unbelievable that vehicles speed where children are outside playing.
Todd Chambers, who was outside at the time of the accident, said the driver of the pickup truck was traveling at least 35 mph.
"It knocked the whole mirror off," he said.
Engler said the cause of the accident is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued at this time.