Caption

Boy recovering after being hit by van on Halloween 

A month ago, Kross Bentley was doing what most kids do: trick-or-treating on Halloween with family. 

But that night of fun turned tragic when the 5-year-old was hit by a minivan, leaving him with a broken eye socket and a leg that needed a skin graft, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

Now, Kross is recovering and considered brave by his mother, Kaitlin Bentley, who was also injured in the crash. 

MORE: Boy, 5, has fractured eye socket after being hit by car on Halloween

“He will definitely need physical therapy,” she told Channel 2 Action News of Kross’ injuries, “and he’s scarred for the rest of his life. They said once (they’re) healed up, it will look like a shark took a bite out of him.” 

The Bentleys were crossing Jefferson Street in Statham about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 when a Chrysler Town and Country hit them, the Georgia State Patrol said. The driver in the crash was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. 

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY: Want more stories like this one? Go to www.myajc.com/crime/

Kaitlin Bentley was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital and Kross was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Kross’ father and 2-year-old brother were not injured. 

Kross is in a wheelchair and won’t be able to walk for a while, but Kaitlin said her son is handling the injuries well. 

“He’s a tough kid,” she told Channel 2. “I don’t know if I could handle it as well as he has.” 

GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses. 

Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.

In other news:

\

[Summary]

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Concert review: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett performed with (mostly) improved sound at Mercedes-Benz
  2. 2 Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018: Schedule, things to know | Atlanta Music Scene with Melissa Ruggieri
  3. 3 Triggerman in Lita Sullivan's murder released from prison

More from AJC