RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A mother and son are grateful to be alive this new year after they were both struck by a truck on Forest Hill Avenue in November.
With months of recovery behind them, both are talking about the experience for the first time.
Davison Chapman celebrated his 15th birthday not too long ago. It’s a milestone his family thought might not be possible after he was hit at 43rd and Forest Hill Ave.
Through faith, a team of doctors and support from the community, Davison is on the road to recovery.
“I’m still breathing,” D. Chapman told 8News. “I’d say that in and of itself is pretty strong.”
To say Chapman is a strong teen would be an understatement.
“I’ve had three open heart surgeries, two kidney failures,” he told 8News. “Something else related to my heart, congestive heart failure and now you know, I’ve been run over by a truck.”
On Nov. 3, Davison and his mother, Blake, were volunteering at the Fall Festival at the Good Shepherd Episcopal School.
As they left, Blake pressed the button at the school crosswalk at 43rd and Forest Hill Ave. A truck approached as the two were walking.
“My God, he’s not stopping,” said B. Chapman, explaining her initial thoughts that day. “He’s not going to stop. Um, I’m about to get hit.”
After being hit, Blake turned around and saw her son, “lying there on the asphalt, screaming.”
D. Chapman was rushed to VCU Medical Center after the truck hit him on the left side of the head. The crash caused severe trauma to the brain.
“They removed my, the left side of my skull and without that, I would not have survived. So thank you,” D. Chapman said, “thank you, doctors.”
Davison, now home from the hospital, still battles pain in his right foot and is working to regain full vision. His mother says his recovery is nothing short of a miracle.
“He’s remarkable. He has been his entire life. And as difficult as all this medical stuff has been he’s been a dream to rear,” B. Chapman told 8News.
The driver of the truck, Akenrick Augustin, stayed on the scene after the crash and was charged with reckless driving.
Davison plans on returning to Maggie Walker in the fall to start the 9th grade over. A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of Davison.