'Gift of life': Family spokesperson says boy's organs donated after E. Main Street crash
UPDATE (Monday evening):
A spokesperson for the 9-year-old's family has released a statement, saying that they chose to donate his organs after he was declared brain dead Sunday.
"On Friday, June 7, 2019, Ryan Haddock and two of he and his wife Michelle’s four young sons, a 9 year old and 5 year old, were involved in a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Kelly and E Main Street as reported by various new outlets. Mr. Haddock and his 5 year old son were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from Erlanger Medical Center on Sunday and Monday, respectively and are recovering at home. On Sunday, June 9th, Mr. and Mrs. Haddock’s 9 year old son was declared brain dead by physicians at Erlanger and after consultations with their medical team, Mr. & Mrs. Haddock have made the decision to pursue organ donation and that process is currently underway. It is their sincere hope that their personal tragedy will benefit others through the gift of life. As this is an unimaginably difficult time for the family, and they ask for privacy over the coming days as they navigate the complexities of their lives without one of its brightest stars."
A GoFundMe page has been set up here for the Haddock family to help pay for medical expenses, car replacement, and other expenses.
According to Chattanooga Police, the driver of the other vehicle had the right of way when the crash happened Friday night. Police say the driver was headed east on East Main Street when Haddock turned in front of them and was hit. Police say the other driver fled the scene.
The driver voluntarily met with police Monday to discuss the incident. You can read more below.
Chattanooga Police say a person has come forward to talk with traffic investigators after fleeing the scene of Friday night's deadly crash on East Main Street.
According to police, a 9-year-old boy who was severely injured in the 2-car crash at the 2100 block of East Main Street was pronounced dead on Sunday.
On Monday, police say they interviewed the driver of the other car, and that the person voluntarily met with them. Police say the information from that interview isn't available, however, due to it being a part of the open, ongoing investigation.
CPD is not identifying the driver, and says they are trying to figure out whether or not to charge the person. Police said in an earlier release that the driver had the right of way at the time of the crash.
Police say the driver of the other vehicle and a 5-year-old boy were also taken to the hospital after the crash. Both the 5-year-old and 9-year-old boys were in child safety seats.
This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.