2006-09-01 / Front Page

Skin Graft for Boy Hit by FDNY Vehicle

Liam Lynch, 10, runs in last year's Buckley's to Kennedy's Run.
Liam Lynch, 10, runs in last year's Buckley's to Kennedy's Run.

A 10-year-old boy from Rockaway Beach underwent a skin graft operation this week, after he was hit last Friday by a FDNY vehicle in a busy gas station parking lot on Beach Channel Drive.

Liam Lynch, 10, was hit by the FDNY supervisor's vehicle, a 2003 Ford truck, inside the Exxon parking lot at 115-05 Beach Channel Drive at about 5:40 p.m., according to police.

Lynch's mother, Annie, told The Wave her son was sitting on the ground outside her friend's minivan, tying his shoelace, when he was run over.

Witnesses said the 10-year-old was screaming as he got up and sat down in the side door of a minivan, where held his bleeding leg.

"He was holding it and he was screaming," said a male witness who was shopping at the convenience store at the time of the accident. Lynch's leg "was just covered in blood and he was screaming," the witness said.

Lynch's mother said she couldn't bear to look at the sight of her injured son's leg.

"I didn't look; there was a big hole in it," she said. She said she too screamed, and witnesses said she covered her face and mouth in horror.

"Oh, God, he was in pain," she recalled.

Lucky for Lynch, the FDNY vehicle that struck him was not the only one in the area at the time - an EMS ambulance was also parked nearby and responded immediately.

Lynch was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center, where rubber and asphalt fragments were removed from his leg. Skin was grafted from his inner thigh in order to repair his damaged lower leg, his mother said.

Lynch's mother described her son as an active fifth grader at P.S. 114 who skateboards, ran in last year's Buckley's to Kennedy's Run and plays basketball and baseball. He was supposed to be released from the hospital on Thursday or Friday.

"It was a nightmare," she said. "He'll be glad to come home."

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