Boy recovering after being hit by van on Halloween 

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Kross Bentley, 5, is recovering after he was struck by a minivan while trick-or-treating 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. 

“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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