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Boy recovering after being hit by a car while riding bike

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A nine-year-old boy is recovering after being hit by a van while riding his bike Tuesday afternoon.

Keaton Hughes broke his arm and leg when he was hit in 2100 block of Byron Avenue.

Keaton and his family say they have a lot to be thankful for. Keaton's mom says she knows just how lucky she is to have her son home with her.

A bike upturned, a tire crushed, and a lone shoe left in the street; that was the scene moments after Keaton was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

Keaton was riding his motorbike from his grandparent's house to the family workshop across the street when the van hit him.

Now home recovering with two Cubs colored casts, Keaton recalls the accident.

"When I got on my bike, I went down to the end of the driveway. When my front tire was a little bit on the road then I saw the van coming up, but then I pulled both of my brakes. My bike wasn't fast enough to stop and then I got hit by the van," said Keaton.

Both Keaton and the driver's view was blocked by a truck and neither could stop in time.

"I saw my arm after I got hit and it was like bent so then that is when I kinda knew, but I couldn't see my left because I couldn't move my head down," said Keaton.

Both Keaton and his family thanking their lucky stars it wasn't worse, but it means Keaton won't be playing baseball, football, or swimming this summer.

"My favorite sport is hockey," said Keaton.

His favorite team is the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Thursday, Tommy Hawk made a surprise visit to see Keaton, bringing him swag and even autographing his cast.

Keaton will be in his casts for six to eight weeks, but he plans to cheer on his baseball team from the sidelines this summer.

The driver of the van was cited for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

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