5-year-old dragged by car that crashed into Bay Area Trader Joe's still recovering

A car accelerated into a Trader Joe's in Castro Valley on Sept. 15, 2022.

A car accelerated into a Trader Joe's in Castro Valley on Sept. 15, 2022.

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A 90-year-old driver accelerated into a Trader Joe’s in Castro Valley on Sept. 15, hitting and dragging a 5-year-old boy and his father.

Benjamin Ledesma, 5, suffered multiple injuries but is recovering in the hospital, according to NBC Bay Area.?

“I tried to reach for my son to pick him up, but it was too late,” the father, Osvaldo Ledesma, told NBC Bay Area. “There after the car pushed us against the cash register, the counter, which pinned us standing up and just kept pushing us as if it were a tsunami.”

?Ledesma and six other people were also injured in the crash.?

Benjamin suffered a broken hip, shoulder and pelvis in the crash, according to his father. He spent four nights at a children’s hospital, where he underwent surgery for his hip and received three pins to help stabilize it, his father told NBC Bay Area. His left thigh, which has extensive tire burns from the car, may require plastic surgery.

“It’s still in question if he’ll make a full recovery as a normal 5-year-old,” Ledesma said.?

The father suffered a sprained ankle and fractured knee. He has to stay off his feet for at least another month. As a result, he told NBC Bay Area that he had to turn down two jobs even as the medical bills are weighing heavy, as his wife also took time off of work to help care for her family.

A GoFundMe page was set up by family and friends to help with medical expenses.