VANCOUVER, Wash. - A 12-year-old boy survived after a tire got loose on Interstate 205 and smashed into the windshield of the car he was riding in.
Ralden Redinger had just gotten a checkup at a doctor's office on Monday and was on his way home with his mother when the accident happened along Highway 205 at Padden Parkway.
The tire bounced through the median and smashed into the windshield where Ralden was sitting. Just a few inches lower and he might have been killed. Instead, he suffered a broken nose, a black eye and a concussion.
"When I was in the ambulance on my way to the hospital, I was like, my head hurts so bad," he said. "And I just asked the paramedic if I was going to live because it felt like it got hit so hard. He said I was going to and that made me feel a lot better."
Ralden's mother, Marianne, found shattered glass inside her son's ear. She said she actually feels fortunate the accident didn't turn out worse. She also said she does not blame anyone.
Kristy Hoggatt, 25, was driving the car that lost the tire, a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta. She was ticketed for having defective equipment on her vehicle and for having no insurance.
KATU spoke with Hoggatt by telephone Tuesday afternoon. She said she was very sorry this had happened and that she never meant for anyone to get hurt.