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West Kelowna boy run over by work van released from hospital

Eight-year-old West Kelowna resident Jonah Pevach has been released from Vancouver Children's Hospital after being run over across his chest June 22.
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July 06, 2015 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA – The eight-year-old West Kelowna boy who was run over and seriously injured by a work van in his neighbourhood on June 22 has been released from hospital.

Candice Loring, the mother of the boy, says in a Facebook post the family will return home Tuesday.

“Doctors said it was a miracle that he survived the trauma of being ran over across his chest,” Loring says of her son Jonah Pevach.

Pevach was airlifted to Vancouver Children’s Hospital within hours of being run over outside his home at the Okanagan Metis and Aboriginal Housing Society on Ingram Road. Shortly after the accident a family friend, Alexandria Holtz, said the driver of the van had been speeding through the gated community.

“The guy came flying around the corner and (Jonah's father) Steve didn’t even have time to get up,” Holtz says. “The van hit (Jonah) dead on and dragged him.”

Calls to the company listed on the van were never returned and a statement was not issued, but RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan confirmed the the 55-year-old male driver remained on scene after the accident.

Jonah suffered extensive injuries, including a fractured clavicle, 13 broken ribs and two collapsed lungs.

“I have to agree with the doctors my son is a miracle child,” Loring says.

So far there have been no charges laid against the driver, although the investigation continues.

“It’s not unusual for it to take months for charges to be brought against someone in a case like this,” Duncan says. “Even with a serious collision investigation, we gather all the information before proceeding.”

Jonah was seriously injured outside his West Kelowna home June 22. Injuries include 13 broken ribs, a broken clavicle and two collapsed lungs.
Jonah was seriously injured outside his West Kelowna home June 22. Injuries include 13 broken ribs, a broken clavicle and two collapsed lungs.
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To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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