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EXCLUSIVE: Family describes accident after car runs over toddler

Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips) Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips)
Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips) Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips)
Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips) Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale (Source: Bridget Phillips)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two-year-old Renesmee Ann-Marie Dale remains in serious condition at Kosair Children's Hospital after she was run over by a car late Friday night.

Officials arrived at Horncastle Way in Valley Station around 9 p.m. Friday night.

The family had spent the evening in the front yard and driveway, said Bridget Phillips, the toddler's maternal grandmother. The battery died in Phillips' blue 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, after the family was using its radio to listen to music. She said the family was attempting to jump start the car. Before the car was moved, the toddler was standing next to the house, nowhere near the car, said Phillips.

Phillips remembered looking down, releasing the emergency break and shifting the car into gear. She said others then pushed the car out of the driveway, into the street. Seconds later, she heard her granddaughter screaming, "Me-Maw! Me-Maw!"

Phillips said she jumped out of the car and found her granddaughter wedged underneath the front driver side tire.

“Blood was everywhere," said Phillips.

The toddler's father and uncle were able to push the car off of her leg, said Phillips. The toddler's father, Bryan Dale, 22, said he picked his daughter up and ran inside as fast as he could.

"I grabbed a towel, wet it and held it on the big gash that was on her head and held her in my lap until the ambulance got there," he said.

Louisville Metro Police escorted the ambulance to Kosair Children's Hospital. LMPD shut down Interstate 65 Northbound, along with other side streets on the way to the hospital. Phillips said the quick EMS response was crucial in her granddaughter's survival.

According to Phillips, the toddler has no broken bones, no internal bleeding and was moved out of ICU on Saturday. The toddler did receive
stitches on her head and had reconstructive surgery on her bottom lip, said Phillips.

Unfortunately, this is not the toddler's first trip to the emergency room of Kosair Children's Hospital. On February 14, the toddler and her mother were involved in a car crash near Taylor Boulevard and Carlisle Avenue. They both suffered brain bleeds and brain fractures, said Phillips.

"Renesmee was in Kosair Children's Hospital for three or four days, maybe a week and then she was transferred to Frazier Rehab for about a month."

Now that she has survived another tragedy, Phillips said there has to be an angel watching over her granddaughter.

"Thank God!"

According to family, the toddler is expected to fully recover. Phillips said she responded well to physical therapy Saturday and nurses attempted to feed her solid food. Phillips said she plans to invest in a back up camera for her car.  

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