Father says child fell 15 feet off pedway over Watterson Expressway
Over top the busy Watterson Expressway, a fenced-off pedway connects two halves of Cliff Avenue near Wyandotte Park.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Over top the busy Watterson Expressway, a fenced-off pedway connects two halves of Cliff Avenue near Wyandotte Park.
On Saturday evening, Leroy Fenwick says his 3-year-old son, Jason, was riding his bicycle on that pedway alongside his mother.
“She told him to slow down. He tried to stop. He couldn’t stop that well,” Fenwick said. “He hit the fence, it opened up, and he fell through.”
After falling through that fence, Fenwick says his son hit several tree branches on the way down, then landed on the ground right beside an SUV.
“That’s five times his height – 15 feet. I couldn’t imagine,” Fenwick said. “If he’d hit that car down there or hit his neck just right, he’d have a broken neck.”
An ambulance rushed Jason to Kosair Children’s Hospital. His father says the boy suffered a skull fracture and a concussion.
Still bruised up, Jason is back home recovering.
"He sees kids on a bicycle up here. The first words out of his mouth – 'mommy, they’re gonna fall,'" Fenwick said.
On Tuesday, Fenwick says someone stopped by the pedway to do what he calls “a patch job.”
“They put a new wire here, and they put one right there, but you can see, if someone hits it with any force, they’re still gonna go through it,” Fenwick said. “I want this fixed the proper way so no other child gets hurt up here.”
Fenwick says he contacted road crews about the incident, however, Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says no complaints have been received by her office, and KYTC would be tasked with maintaining the pedway.
Clifford says a structural engineer will stop at the pedway Wednesday to check it out and determine what needs to be done.
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