Boy who slammed into police car back to his old self



Posted on December 31, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 1 at 9:54 AM

SPOKANE -- A Spokane boy is home recovering after fracturing his face in a sledding accident.  His neighbor, 33-year-old Raymon Noggles, is accused of carelessly putting the child on a sled, attaching it to an ATV, then riding down a steep hill near Pratt and Feya Wednesday night.

Scott Keesler, 8, remembers being on a sled attached to an ATV and sliding down a steep hill.  At the bottom he was headed for a parked police car and that is when he got scared.

"I didn't even feel hitting the bumper.  I remember being inches away and then just black," said Keesler.

Although he blacked out, Keesler remembers sliding down the hill and trying not to get hurt.  He woke up as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance.  His parents were frantic.

"He looked banged up, he was alright, but it was the worst feeling," said Nicole Keesler.
Scott spent the next day in the hospital.  A CAT-scans showed his bruised face was broken in three places.

"The swelling will go down and go back to normal but I'll have a black eye for awhile," said Scott.

Scott is now back to his old self.  He's playing video games and giving his younger brother a hard time.  His mother says it is a huge relief, considering what Scott went through.  She says he should have been wearing a helmet and will from now on.

There is still a chance Scott will need surgery.  The family is hoping for the best.  One thing is for certain, Scott has learned an important lesson.

"Well, I was having fun, and I will never do that again.  You should never go sledding with a three-wheeler," said Scott.

Raymon Noggles was booked into jail on two felony counts of Vehicular Assault.  Two additional misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and driving while license suspended/revoked were forwarded to the prosecutor's office.