Harrowing video captured a six year-old girl screaming at her nine year-old brother to brake his bike moments before he was fatally-injured by a truck outside their home.
Savannah Dennis could be heard making the anguished cry for sibling Benjamin outside their house in San Leon, Texas, on Monday evening as they prepared to go for a bike ride with an adult. The children’s mother was inside cooking at the time.
The little girl gave a heartbreaking account of how she tried to help her brother after he was struck, telling KTRK: ‘I was there right next to the road, so I ran into the road, and I yelled his name, and I dragged him away from behind the truck so it didn’t run over him again.’
Benjamin was rushed to hospital, where he was declared brain dead by doctors on Thursday and removed from life support. The youngster, a fourth grader organs were donated.
Surveillance footage captured the tragic moment Benjamin cycled ahead onto the road before being hit by a passing truck outside his home
The truck that killed Benjamin can be seen approaching moments before he was struck and fatally-injured
Benjamin and his sister were preparing to go on a bike ride around 7:30pm on Monday afternoon
The fourth grader at Lobit Elementary was taken off life support Thursday night, and his organs were donated
Benjamin’s bike is pictured lying on the road outside his home hours after Monday night’s accident which resulted in his tragic death
It is the third death in less than a month at the same notoriously-dangerous intersection, with Benjamin’s stricken family now calling for a traffic light to be installed there.
Benjamin’s mother, Sarah Touchet, ran out to help as soon as she realized what had happened.
She recalled through tears: ‘I just kept breathing and begging him to stay.’
Benjamin’s family are now campaigning for a traffic stop to prevent further accidents at the dangerous intersection.
It sits on a curve just off a busy road, with drivers failing to slow down as they come off the road that leads on to it.
‘You could look at the video and tell me he never saw him,’ Nancy Suffield, Benjamin’s grandmother, said. ‘He didn’t even know he hit somebody until after the fact, and it was too late.’
‘I was there right next to the road, so I ran into the road, and I yelled his name, and I dragged him away from behind the truck so it didn’t run over him again,’ heartbroken Savannah said
Benjamin is pictured with his mother Sarah Touchet in a photo taken just hours before he was struck by the truck
Sarah is seen weeping while discussing what happened after her beloved son was fatally-injured
Benjamin’s family are now campaigning for a traffic stop to prevent further accidents at the dangerous intersection
‘You could look at the video and tell me he never saw him,’ Nancy Suffield, Benjamin’s grandmother, said
‘Can’t bring my grandson back,’ Suffield said.
‘That’s why we’re asking for somebody to reach out and get this done, help us get this done, please.’
The family said traffic speed is a constant issue on the road outside their home, with the speed limit at 50mph.
Less than a month before the crash that killed Benjamin, two people were also killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection.
Touchet, who was home at the time, said she ran out to help.