KENOSHA COUNTY, Wisconsin – A first-grader from Wisconsin is in critical condition after being hit in the head by a rock propelled by a lawn mower at his elementary school.
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Alex Hook, 6, was in a medically induced coma after being struck on Friday while in recess at Riverview Elementary School in Silver Lake, La Crosse Tribune reported.
“We all hope for the best,” the boy’s mother Carolyn Hook told WISN-TV.
According to the boy’s aunt, Michelle Delaquila Koertgen, who created a GoFundMe page, a landscaper mowed down a piece of rebar, which hit the boy directly on the back of the head.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department told the Tribune that the lawn mower mowed the grassy median in the center of the street near the school just before noon when the incident occurred.
The landscaper was 72 feet from the boy across a chain link fence at the time of the crash, according to WISN, which cited a report from the Sheriff’s Department.
Alex Hook was airlifted to Wauwatosa Children’s Hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery, the newspaper reported. He suffered a broken skull and brain bleeds, according to the Tribune.
“Why are you mowing the grass when the kids are around?” Koertgen told WLS-TV. “What is school from 9 am to 3 pm? Can’t make it before or when they’re not at recess?
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Kenosha Unified School District expressed “great concern and devastation” over the accident.
“Our staff have worked proactively with law enforcement and due to the sensitive nature of the investigation and to protect the privacy of our students, we cannot provide further comments at this time,” District administrator Jon Schleusner said in the statement.
The GoFundMe account has raised over $ 129,000 since Friday.
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