Teen Run Over By Broward County Bus To Be Released From Hospital

Jerry Cunningham has made tremendous progress following incident in May: Doctors

By Julia Bagg
|  Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:37 AM EDT
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Jerry Cunningham, the teen who was run over by a Broward County bus in May 2013, is set to be released from the hospital after making tremendous progress. One of his doctors, Seema Khurana, and his father, comment.

Jerry Cunningham, the teen who was run over by a Broward County bus in May 2013, is set to be released from the hospital after making tremendous progress. One of his doctors, Seema Khurana, and his father, comment.

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Video, 911 Calls Released in Case of Teen Run Over by Broward County Bus

Surveillance video was released on Tuesday from cameras that were rolling inside a Broward County Transit bus that ran over 14-year-old Jerry Cunningham last week. Video showed the teen running to catch the vehicle, and one passenger is heard saying, "You have a runner." Passenger Brian Clark described what he witnessed last week. On Tuesday 911 calls were also made available in the case.

Teen Run Over by Broward Bus "Looked Very Panicked": Attorney

Five days after 14-year-old Jerry Cunningham was run over by a Broward County Transit bus, his family's attorney, Glen Levine, spoke about the incident at a news conference Wednesday. The teen ran to catch the bus in Pompano Beach Friday morning, but his hand got stuck in the door before he fell underneath the vehicle. "You can see his face looked very panicked in the video," Levine said. He added that it appeared Cunningham "was trying to remove his hand to save himself." The attorney placed the blame on bus driver Reinaldo Soto, saying he broke the rule of common sense as he kept driving for seven additional seconds. Soto, 55, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
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The teen who was run over by a Broward County bus in May will be released from the hospital after making tremendous progress in his recovery, his doctors said Wednesday.

Jerry Cunningham, 14, is set to be released from Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital Thursday following the May 10 incident in Pompano Beach which left him critically injured.

Cunningham, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken bones, spent a month in a Broward hospital and was unable to walk and talk before being transferred to Jackson. He's undergone intense physical, speech and occupational therapy and has made tremendous progress, doctors said.

Video, 911 Calls Released in Case of Teen Run Over By Bus

Doctors hailed Cunningham's remarkable recovery at a news conference Wednesday.

"He's made amazing improvements, he's able to do so much more, walking," Pediatric Rehabilitation Physician Seema Khurana said.

Cunningham had been running to catch the bus in the 1200 block of E. Sample Road when he jumped on its exterior, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. At least one witness said Cunningham had been stuck with part of his arm caught in the door before he fell and was run over.

The driver of the bus, Reinaldo Soto, was suspended and demoted after the incident. 

Cunningham will continue outpatient therapy after his release.

"He behaves like a child should behave and he's able to have conversations with people," Khurana said. "He's a miracle and the way he's improved with us he'll continue to improve."

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