The child was riding his scooter when the limb fell and hit him.
The child was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A child is suffering from life threatening injuries after being struck by a tree limb knocked down during storms on Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbor Mohamad Moghimi says it's not uncommon to see his young neighbor zipping up and down the quiet block on his red scooter.
According to the St. Matthews Police Department, a call came in around 3:10 p.m. on a report of a missing boy in the area of Deerfield Lane. When officers arrived on the scene they found the 13-year-old child underneath a tree limb.
It appears the boy was just trying to rush home. Moghimi says the little boy was with his brother, who was on foot. When he saw them, he says he tried to warn them to get to shelter.
Next thing he knows, the large tree limb snaps. "This branch came right on his head, exactly on his head," said Moghimi.
When Moghimi realized what happened he rushed to help assisting the injured child's father.
"I just wanted to keep calm because I didn't want lose my energy and I'm asking his father to just calm down because we have to move this branch," said Moghimi.
The two used a small jack to move the branch and pull the boy out, but Moghimi says he wasn't responsive.
"I took his pulse and I put my ear on his heart and honestly I think I didn't hear nothing," said Moghimi.
Louisville Metro Police were called to investigate, but this isn't a criminal case. "It's not something that we need to second guess or wonder what you can or can't do, obviously this is something that happened very quick and it's just a horrific tragedy," said Officer Carey Klain, LMPD.
What makes it even more horrific, the tree limb snapped just one house in front of the little boy's home. He was just feet away from safety.
"I'm hoping for a miracle honestly," said Moghimi.
The boy was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital. Police say he has critical life threatening injuries.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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