A 6-year-old Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, boy died after his mother crashed into a tree while trying to avoid hitting a deer.
Around 8 a.m. on Sept. 1, Amber Kindler was driving with her son Isaac Thomas in a Jeep on a narrow country lane, Trib Live reports. She swerved to avoid a deer, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, causing the Jeep to flip onto its driver’s side.
“I looked out the door ... and saw the SUV on its side across the road,” area resident Mike Burkhart said. “ Kristin [Burkhart's wife] called 911, and I went to help.”
Burkhart found Kindler alive in the driver’s seat and Isaac in his car seat in the rear of the Jeep.
“The engine was still running, the radio was on and smoke was pouring out the vents,” he said. “The woman was in shock trying to get out, and I told her to turn the key to turn the engine off. She did.”
“He went and pulled Isaac out of the car,” Darlene Dicaprio, who was driving in front of Kindler when the accident occurred, told KDKA of Burkhart. "He covered him. They had a towel, and I took a blanket down He held him and told him to just hang on till the paramedics got there and rocked him and talked him through until the paramedics did get there. He was very, very good with him.”
When emergency services arrived at the scene, they transported Isaac via ambulance to a helicopter that had landed about a half-mile away, according to Trib Live.
Isaac, who had just started first grade, suffered a serious head injury.
He died about an hour later at the hospital, KDKA reports.
Kindler was treated at the hospital and released.
“It appears to be a tragic accident,” police Sgt. Gregg Dale said.
Isaac’s father, David Thomas, posted a picture of his son on Facebook with the caption, “My son did not make it.”
“My life is one big nightmare," he also posted. "Don’t know how I’m gonna do the rest of my life without you, Isaac. I’m so sorry. You didn’t deserve this."