‘Miracle’ boy survives collision

Osren Bramble and his mom Thelma leave hospital Friday after the  youngster miraculously survived a North York car crash. (IAN ROBERTSON,  Toronto Sun)

Dragged beneath car, youngster escapes serious injury

As Osren Bramble’s screaming mom pounded on the front of a car dragging her son, the frightened seven-year-old was thinking “I was going to die”, he told the Sun.

Instead, a miracle happened across from the Jane-Finch Mall in North York Friday morning.

The boy was riding a bicycle beside his mom on the way to Topcliff Public School at the Driftwood and Topcliff Aves. T-intersection when a car drove through a stop sign, Toronto Police Sgt. Angelo Costa said.

Osren was knocked down and became pinned, bouncing up and down against the bumper.

But the two front pegs that let riders perform lift spins kept the bike high enough to prevent him being pulled beneath the car wheels, Costa said. The Grade 2 student, who escaped with minor injuries, was dragged “a short distance”, police said.

“It’s a miracle,” Thelma Bramble said beside Osren’s wheelchair, which Humber Regional Hospital-Finch staff used to take the bandaged youngster from ER 2 1/2 hours later. They were on their way to Topcliff Public School when the accident occurred, she said.

Horrified as Osren and his new cycle disappeared from her sight, the mom threw herself onto the burgundy-coloured Nissan’s hood, yelling for the woman at the wheel to stop.“I was screaming and banging the car and she wouldn’t stop,” Bramble said. “I was numb,” she whispered, thinking her son would die — one year after the death of her husband, Loren. “I just wanted to get my son,” Bramble said. “I was yelling his name and he was yelling for me.” Raising his pyjama legs to show both bandaged knees, Osren simply grinned when asked how he felt. They then left, his mom saying, “I just want to go home.” A 31 Division traffic investigator is considering charges for the 37-year-old Nissan driver, Costa said.

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