The 10-year-old boy critically injured on Sunday, April 29 when he was struck by a car on 84th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Bay Ridge remains in the hospital, but is doing better, according to his father.
Authorities said at around 4:40 p.m., Jobe Kan, who attends P.S. 231, 5601 16th Avenue, was struck by a 2015 Nissan that was traveling westbound on 84th Street.
Jobe, who went into the street mid-block, was initially listed in critical condition.
His father Reggie spoke to this paper about his son’s condition.
The boy has already had some surgery, with more to come.
“He is doing okay; he is having big surgery on his fractured front jaw,” Kan said on Tuesday, May 1. “He is stable for now.”
Surgery on his jaw, Kan said on his Facebook page, made breathing easier for the boy, noting that, beforehand, his son had been using a tube to breathe.
He added that his son sustained a small fracture on his forehead above his nose.
Although Jobe’s condition has slightly improved, the Kan family remains in fear.
“We are scared, worried and very stressed,” Kan said.
Jobe’s birthday is Thursday, May 17. “He won’t be able to eat his (birthday) cake,” the upset father added.
According to sources, following the accident, Jobe’s friend ran to his mother, Angela Correa, to tell her what happened. She dialed 911 immediately.
With residents reaching out to her to find out what they can do to help, Correa is now reaching out to the neighborhood with info.
“As many of you know a 10-year-old boy was struck by a car in Bay Ridge yesterday,” she wrote on the Bay Ridge Talk Facebook page. “Many have inboxed me asking how they can help. The child is in critical condition but is expected to survive. However, he will require multiple surgeries.”
She also described the scene via the page.
“My son was one of the kids playing with him and when it happened my son ran and rang the victim’s father’s bell. The little boy ran without looking. The driver was devastated. It was truly an accident. Kids (including my little boy) need to constantly be reminded that they should not cross the street without an adult! It’s heartbreaking. We can not blame anyone. We just need to pray for this child.”
The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.
Correra has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses.
“This tragic accident will take a major financial toll on this family,” she wrote on the page. “They have been by his side around the clock at the Children’s Hospital. Please help this little boy and his family during this time. Anything helps! He will need more surgeries, physical therapy, major dental work and counseling. He has a long recovery ahead. Jobe’s 11th birthday is May 17 and unfortunately, he will spend his birthday in the hospital. If you can help with $1 or sharing this page you can truly make a difference. Whatever is donated will go directly to this child and his needs.”
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/jobe039s-medical-expenses.