Phenix City Boy Recovering After Being Hit By Car

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  In the blink of an eye, innocent playtime turned dangerous for one Phenix City boy.

Police say 10-year-old Jamar Lewis was playing on the 2000 block of 4th Avenue, when he ran across the street from between two houses.

That's when the little boy was hit by a Chevy pick up truck, driven by 34-year-old Phenix City resident Melvin Sanders.

Lewis was blown up over the hood and landed back on the road, the impact shattering both of his legs and fracturing his eye socket.

He is now being treated in an Atlanta hospital for his injuries.

Meanwhile, Melvin Sanders has been arrested and charged with DUI and assault. Police say their investigation has revealed alcohol was involved in the crash. Speed, they say, wasn't a factor.

Lewis' family members hope there's a lesson other local kids can learn from the terrible accident.

"The only thing I can tell them is to look both ways and just be careful because I don't want anyone else's child to get hurt. I just hope my cousin's going to be alright," said the victim's cousin, Deonta Lewis.

And now, local law enforcement officials have a strong message for parents and drivers.

"Just keep an eye on your kids and be mindful of what they're doing and keep them out of the street and away from cars. And also as drivers, know that the children are out of schools and there's thousands of kids in Phenix City that are out playing and running around so just be mindful of that and try to keep an eye out for them," said Robert Casteel, Assistant Chief of the Phenix City Police Department.

Police say the best tip parents can teach their kids is the "1,2,3, Go" rule- look in the direction you're crossing the street, look the other way and look back, then cross.

Melvin Sanders is out of jail on bond.

His case should go to Russell County District Court in the next month.

Meanwhile, police say Jamar Lewis is expected to make a full recovery.