Hoolehua boy sustains injuries in tractor accident

A 4-year-old Hoolehua boy is now in stable condition at Queens Medical Center after sustaining injuries yesterday in a tractor accident.

Maui Medevac helicopter on its way to Molokai to pick up injured 4-year-old boy. Photo courtesy of MauiNow.com

Elijah Huff Jr. was riding on the tractor being driven by his grandfather, Walter Mendes, on Wednesday near the Molokai Airport, according to Maui Police. The boy stepped off the tractor when it stopped. Mendes tried to reach for the boy but his foot slipped off the clutch and he ran over his grandson. Police say it was an accident.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 5:11 p.m. Wednesday. Fire officials said Elijah was flown to Honolulu with life-threatening injuries. Police said Thursday he was in stable condition.

Elijah’s grandmother, Kathy Mendes, said today that he was awake and alert during transportation. At the airport Elijah even gave a shaka to the emergency responders, according to Mendes.

Elijah was injured on the left side of his body, said Mendes. In the first CAT scan taken, bleeding behind the eye was noticed. A second scan was taken later and no bleeding or other injuries were observed.


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