CLEARFIELD -- A traumatic accident brought a neighborhood together to come to the aid of a young boy in trouble.
Residents were shocked Tuesday night to find a local boy run over in his own neighborhood. His pleas for help spurred them to quick action.
Sheldon Shaffer, 13, was skateboarding with his 12-year-old brother down 1000 East. They turned the corner onto 1100 South and rolled down a driveway into the road. A parked car may have obscured Shaffer's view of another oncoming car. He fell off his board into the road. The driver did not see him in time and rolled over the boy.
People rallied around to see what had happened and what they could do.
"I heard my 2-year-old screaming who had just seen the accident and I came out to see what was happening," Alisha Ramos said.
She approached the car and saw the boy's head just barely visible under the car.
She got down toward the ground and began talking with Shaffer, who was conscious, but in pain.
"He kept complaining about how his leg hurt," Ramos said, although just by looking at him, she knew the damage was much worse.
She consoled him as best she could while her neighbor across the street phoned an ambulance.
"As soon as I knew what happened, I hollered at my sister to call 911," Shelly Connell said.
She then went over by the intersection and directed traffic away from the scene until emergency crews could show up.
Two police officers arrived shortly and called for a medical helicopter. By that time, nearly 20 people were surrounding the scene. Neighbors came out of their homes; even passers-by in cars stopped to help.
Some people comforted Shaffer's brother, who was distraught, and others comforted the elderly driver, who was just as shocked.
"Everyone was calm and not panicking," Connell said. "I was really impressed with how they handled it."
Before paramedics arrived, police determined that they needed to lift the car off of the boy.
Several people got jacks to hoist the car up and others ran to grab bricks and wooden planks to hold it up.
"When the police gave an order, everyone hopped to it," Connell said. "People grabbed whatever they could."
Soon paramedics arrived, along with the helicopter, which landed in the middle of the neighborhood.
As quickly as it had happened, it was over.
"There was a bit of a silence after the helicopter left. Everyone was quiet, like a little prayer for him," Connell said.
It was about 15 minutes from when Shaffer was hit to when he was taken away to Primary Children's Medical Center. Connell said it seemed to happen a lot faster.
"I'm so incredibly proud of this neighborhood," she said.
Shaffer underwent surgery and was upgraded to stable, but serious condition. His injuries included broken bones in both legs, a broken pelvis, broken collarbone and damage to several internal organs.
Friends and neighbors connected to Shaffer's family through Facebook on a "Support Sheldon Shaffer" page. An account with American First Credit Union was set up in his name for donations to help his family pay medical bills.
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