SPOKANE -- A Stevens Elementary School student hit by a pick-up truck and thrown more than 60 feet is using his injuries as a warning.
Just after 8 a.m. Monday 12-year-old Jayden Basden was hit in the cross walk on his way to school.
His family lives nearby and his mother rushed to the scene. Kathy Ostbowe said, "I kneeled over him and, um, there were a lot of officers there already and a lot of craziness."
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Jayden was crossing Mission heading towards school, the driver in the left lane failed to yield.
The boy was hit and thrown more than 60 feet across the intersection.
"It’s pretty hard for him to breath right now."
Eight ribs were broken, his spleen and one lung punctured.
Police say the suspect is 20-year-old Brandon Maganas. Officers caught him trying to stash drugs under a nearby car.
Jayden, who's at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, tells his parents the collision helped catch a bad guy.
The 12-year-old works as a crossing guard, and wants to use his injuries to advocate. "He’s just excited about letting people know the dangers and having people drive better in school zones."
The suspect has a long criminal history, involving drugs, assault and eluding police. Maganas currently has other active cases. He waived bail and will remain in custody until his arraignment.