Sweeny ISD teenager recovers after being hit by school administrator’s vehicle on campus
BRAZORIA COUNTY – A mother is suing after claiming her son was punched by an administrator at Sweeny Junior High School.
Latoya Sharkey said the incident could have been much worse.
“The injuries he suffered. I was speechless, but God is good. He’s a strong kid,” Sharkey said.
His son, Erik Massey is traumatized but is doing much better. He spent his 17th birthday in the hospital and on Thursday he had to see a trauma specialist at UT Physicians in Houston.
“I think about it every day,” Massey said. “It’s something I try to forget. But I can not. It’s hard.”
Erik Massey said he was just grateful to be alive.
Last Tuesday, the teenager was rammed behind the school as he took his normal cycle route.
“I just remember passing out after being hit,” he said.
Erik was rushed to hospital and his bike was twisted and torn.
“He had two dislocated hips, three broken ribs, his spleen was perforated, he has broken hips. Bruises on his arms, head, face and everything,” his mother said.
Erik’s mother said the driver was a school administrator and believes the person was speeding and not paying attention.
“She didn’t see it and there’s no way you were going 10 MPH and the injuries he sustained. No!” Sharkey said.
According to the accident report, the driver said she did not see the cyclist and did not realize she had hit him. She would have kept going, knocking over Erik and his bike.
Officials said the bike was found stuck under the car.
In a statement, the Sweeny Police Department said:
“Tuesday 03/22/2022 at approx. 7:00 a.m. Sweeny Police Department arrived at Sweeny JR High School on Elm St to investigate an accident at the back of the school. It was discovered that a vehicle traveling in the back of the parking lot struck a student on a bicycle on his way to school. The 16-year-old student was transported by Sweeny EMS to Port de Brazos Hospital in Lake Jackson and is reported in stable condition. The driver who hit the student did not see him due to the dark, unlit parking lot and heavy rain. The accident is still under investigation.
Sergeant EJ Srebalus
Sweeny Police Department »
“He was wearing a red jacket, a bright red jacket,” Sharkey said. “I don’t know how you can miss this.”
Now Erik has to use a walker and get help from his parents to get around. The 10th grader said he has a long way to go to recover.
“I’m so used to doing things on my own. I don’t really like getting help, but I have to go through it,” he said.
Sweeny ISD said they are limited on what they can post as the investigation is ongoing.
Sharkey said some school officials reached out to check on Erik.
The family hired a lawyer to help with the case.
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