Boy falls 15 feet from Watterson pedway

3-year-old falls 15 feet off road pedway

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A 3-year-old Louisville boy is recovering at home after falling 15-feet from a pedway that connects Cliff Avenue across the Watterson Expressway.

Leroy Fenwick said his son, Jason, was riding his bicycle on the pedway with his mother Saturday when the incident happened.

“He was going too fast. She told him to slow down and he couldn’t and he hit the fence, it opened up at the bottom and he fell through,” said Fenwick. “I couldn’t imagine seeing my son fall that distance. Looking down she said she thought he was dead because it knocked him out and he wasn’t moving.”

Jason toppled 15-feet before landing in a grassy area near the intersection of Cliff and Expressway avenues. EMS rushed him to Kosair Children’s Hospital where he was treated for a skull fracture and a concussion. The boy is now home where he is in good spirits and slowly starting to recover.

Fenwick said he is thankful his son is alive, adding that he did not believe Jason would have survived the fall if he had landed on concrete or in the highway. He wants to see the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet repair the pedway before anyone else gets hurt.

“My concerns are there are school kids that cross that every day. They need to repair it properly,” said Fenwick. “They came out yesterday and did some patchwork to it but it still gaps out at the bottom when you hit the fence and it’s still not safe.”

Andrea Clifford, a KYTC spokesperson, said an engineer inspected the pedway Wednesday morning and discovered four bottom railings were missing from the structure. Clifford said the bridge would be repaired “as soon as possible” once the parts come in.

Clifford said, prior to this incident, the agency had not received any complaints about the pedway.


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