Kross Bentley, 5, is recovering after he was struck by a minivan while trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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. 

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“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. 

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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. 

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