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Mom, 2 kids leave hospital after crash with suspected DUI driver following Disney On Ice

Shyanne and Jayden now have to use wheelchairs after last month's crash outside the KFC Yum! Center. Shyanne and Jayden now have to use wheelchairs after last month's crash outside the KFC Yum! Center.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two and a half weeks after a suspected drunken driver hit a family leaving Disney On Ice, two of the children were released from a local hospital Tuesday. 

The mother, who was pregnant at the time, gave birth prematurely to a baby boy. All but the newborn are now home. 

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Family and friends planned a welcome home celebration Tuesday evening.

"I couldn't do nothing to protect them; it was terrible," Sara Neathamer said of her kids.

Neathamer will never forget the night of Sept. 18. Six months pregnant, she surprised her two children -- Shyanne, 6, and Jayden, 3 --with tickets to Disney On Ice at the KFC Yum! Center.

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"We were dancing and singing to all of it; Shyanne was next to me singing," Neathamer said. "My sister was right there. It was a good show."

After a great night, Neathamer can remember waiting for the crossing signal at the intersection of Main and Third streets before her family walked hand in hand to cross the street. 

"We got to probably the middle of the road, and I heard everybody yelling, 'Watch out; he's going to run the light,'" Neathamer said. 

Police said Russell Mullins, 64, didn't stop, striking Neathamer and her two children. He was arrested at the scene charged with DUI and assault. 

"My son was knocked unconscious," Neathamer said. "My sister said it was so bad, she thought all three of us were dead."

What upsets Neathamer the most is that she feels it could have been prevented. Mullins was charged with DUI back in April. 

"He changed every single one of our lives forever, and I hope he don't get by with it, like he's been getting by with it," Neathamer said. 

Shyanne suffered a broken leg, hand and pelvis, as well as a fractured skull. Jayden suffered a spinal cord injury and now both must use wheelchairs. 

Neathamer had an emergency C-section and gave birth to Nathan, born 3 months early. He weighed barely a pound. 

"I'm upset about my baby, because he is never going to be normal, never," Neathamer said. 

Nathan suffered brain damage and doctors worry it could affect his vision. Neathamer is hopeful to have him home before Christmas.

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