L.J. Baker shows his injuries after being thrown from his stroller after a car hit it
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - A Pinellas Park father is thankful his children are alive after they were hit by a car and thrown from their stroller on Friday. His 3-year-old son, L.J., has been released from the hospital, with bumps, bruises, and road rash. His 10-month-old daughter Jaycea, however, remains at All Children's Hospital with two broken legs and road rash.
"I was thinking that I was going to go back there and see my kids in body bags. Because it was pretty bad," said Larry Baker.
According to Pinellas Park police, the children were in a stroller and being pushed by their grandfather, Francisco Torres. They were crossing the north side of 66th Avenue at US 19, when authorities said a car ran the red light and hit another car. The car then spun around and slammed into the children and Torres. Torres was then pushed into a third vehicle.
"The babies went flying in front of our car in our buggy. They have hair on the curb there. They hit hard bounced and rolled into the parking lot," said a witness at the scene, Dave Schell.
Baker believes the children's grandfather may have stepped in front of the stroller to protect them, and could have saved their lives.
Torres remains in ICU at Bayfront Medical Center Friday night with injuries that include broken ribs, and a ruptured spleen.
We are told that he is talking and should pull through.
Baker said while he could be angry at the driver who ran the red light, right now, he's just focused on his children getting better.
"All I'm worried about is my kids, and that's it," said the father.
Police have charged the driver with running a red light.