BAY CITY, MI (WNEM/CNN) - A 12-year-old boy is being called a hero after he saved his friend from being run over by a truck, suffering injuries himself in the process.
"The car came around the corner then pulled up in the driveway and just hit me," Ryan Curtis, who saved his friend, said.
Ryan was riding his go-cart last week with his friend, a 4-year-old, when he was hit by a car in his neighbor's driveway.
"I'm like, it's gonna hit me and this kid, I should push him off real fast, and so I did," he said.
Ryan was the only one hurt.
His arm was cut open down to the bone and his face was burned after brushing the concrete and landing under the pickup truck.
The truck driver told Ryan's mom he didn't see the boys when he pulled into the driveway.
She was at work when the accident happened.
"I was in shock when I saw his body, his arm and his face," Kim Curtis, his mother, said.
She bought the go-cart a month ago for Ryan's birthday.
She said she was aware that he was out riding and that he went across the street to his neighbor's house.
Ryan's go-cart is battery operated, there is absolutely no motor, so that means it's supposed to strictly stay on the sidewalk and never go in the street.
It's also small and low to the ground, which may have been why his neighbor didn't see him.
After the incident, Ryan's mom returned it to the store, and now she has to worry about what lies ahead for Ryan.
"I hope he can use his arm because he likes wrestling. We talked to the doctor about that and they said they didn't know about it yet, it's too soon," Curtis said.
Although he's banged up and bruised, he's glad his 4-year-old friend is safe.
He said his older friend, Brian, taught him how to be brave and it paid off.
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