A Columbus family’s prayers have been answered.
“He is pulling through,” said Crystal Estes, Jalen Lee’s mother. “He is getting way better.”
Jalen Lee has been upgraded from critical to good condition.
“They are talking about taking the ventilator off of him today, but their main concern is his spleen,” said Estes.
Jalen’s recovery so far, has been a series of small victories.
“His mom said, ‘Jalen, Grandma Bonnie is here.’ It is what he always calls me,” said Bonnie Lee, Jalen Lee’s grandmother. “He squeezed my hand and he tried to sit up and pucker his lips to kiss me. It was so emotional because he is a very loving child.”
The 13-year-old was hit by a car as he was walking to school on March 11, 2013. Lee was the second Columbus-area student to be hit at the crossing in three years. Now, the city, and the school are stepping up to make it safer.
”This is a location we really need to treat carefully and try to find the right solution and not skip over something,” said Columbus City Engineer David Hayward.
The left side of Jalen’s body is pretty banged up. He has cracked ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken nose. He also had surgery to fix his broken left femur.
Columbus Police said it was still dark, and the teen walked right into oncoming traffic. The driver said he could not stop in time.
Cops said the man behind the wheel will not be cited. Crystal Estes said he should be.
“I am pretty sure he has enough common sense to stop at a crosswalk when kids are going to school,” said Estes. “I want justice for my son.”