Boy injured in school parking lot pulled from wreck by his parents

Athindra Satish Kumar

A family that recently moved to El Paso from overseas is dealing with injuries a boy suffered at his new school on the first day.

Tragedy at Tippin Elementary School happened after the bell for dismissal rang Monday

Athindra Satish Kumar was outside in the parking lot when he was struck by a vehicle.

The 10-year-old boy and two other children were struck in the lot by a vehicle driven by 58-year-old Roger Hawkins.

Kumar’s father and mother were at the school when the crash happened, said Velusamy Satish Kumar, the boy’s father.

He described the chaotic scene to CBS4 Friday at news conference held in front of the school.

“When I recovered from the shock, I looked at my wife and asked where’s my son,” said Velusamy Satish Kumar. “We both began screaming my son’s name.”

EPISD Police Chief Victor Araiza said Hawkins struck a vehicle when he was pulling out of a parking space. He said Hawkins seemed disoriented and continued out, striking three children.

“At that moment, we saw him between the two the bumpers of the two cars and dragged him out of there,” said Velusamy Satish Kumar.

Kharisma Ashlee James, 33, was also struck by Hawkins’ car. Witnesses said James stepped in to help the children, but was struck by Hawkins.

She died as a result of her injuries. James was at the school picking up her two children. Her two children were in the group struck by James.

“She’s the angel to my son. We will always have her in our hearts,” said Velusamy Satish Kumar about James.

“It’s really a tough time for her children,” he said.

James’ 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were released from the hospital, according to officials.

“My priority is my son,” said Kumar.

Athindra remains in the hospital. His father said he suffered a punctured lung and has difficulty in breathing. His ribs were fractured.

The boy is unconscious, but his recovery is progressing, said Kumar.

The Kumar family moved to El Paso from Singapore about a month and half ago.

Velusamy Satish Kumar thanked the community for its support during this difficult time in their lives.

The Parent Teacher Association from Tippin Elementary will be hosting a vigil for both family on Saturday.

It will be at 6 p.m. at Christ The King church located on 1500 N. Resler Drive.

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