Teen recovering after car dragged him for 300 feet

LAS VEGAS - A teenager is on the slow road to recovery after he was struck by a car while in a crosswalk as he was walking home from school.

14-year-old Jaedn Hall nearly died after the driver failed to yield and the vehicle dragged him about 300 feet. 

"I went under the car. It went over me, over my pelvis, and then my backpack got caught on an axel, and I got caught between the tire and the road," Jaedn explained.

The teen suffered severe injuries and told 8 News NOW about them in graphic detail. 

"It tore off everything on my right hand and disintegrated my bone," Jaedn said. 

Jaedn said he was eating some fries while walking in the crosswalk when a woman pulled up, stopped for a moment, and then hit the gas. 

He feared the worst as he was hit and then dragged under the car. 

"This is where I'm going to die," Jaedn said. 

The teen said the world moved in slow motion. When the driver was flagged down, his relentless will to survive kicked in.

"All I felt was my heart pumping and chest really hurt and that's because I had broken half my ribs on the right side," Jaedn said. 

His long list of injuries ranged from a punctured lung, partially amputated big toe, to a badly injured foot and hand. 

"He's very, very strong, so we found strength in him, which is amazing," said Brianna Hall, Jaedn’s sister

Brianna said she admires her brother’s perseverance after losing a fourth of his skull from the pavement scraping against it.

Surgeons said he was a millimeter away from death.

"I just kept saying, I just need my brother to be ok," Brianna said.

Despite the near-death experience, Jaedn’s family said they choose to focus on recovery, not revenge.

"I don't have any energy or resources to spend on that feeling. I need to redirect that energy towards making Jaedn better because he didn't deserve this," Brianna explained.

At last check, the driver of the car was giving a citation, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“I forgive her, but I still need justice," Jaedn said. 

In addition to Jaedn’s severe injuries, his hospital bills total more than $600,000 and he still has a long way to go until he’s fully recovered. 

His family has set up a YouCaring fundraiser page to help pay some of those expenses. You can click here to donate


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