Drunk semi driver critically injures 8-year-old son

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Boy was pinned between the cab and flatbed trailer.

Staff Report

An 8-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he was pinned between the cab of a semi and flatbed trailer.

The father who was attempting to hook the semi up with the trailer was under the influence of alcohol, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

FHP reported that at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on Forest Glen Drive in Fountain, a small unincorporated community in Bay County, 49-year-old Clyde E. Phillipp was backing up a 2017 Freightliner semi to connect with a flatbed trailer. He was unaware at the time that his son, Johnathon, was riding on the exterior of the truck behind the cab.

Phillipp was unsuccessful in his attempt to connect with the trailer, at which point the boy was pinned between the trailer and cab. When Phillip felt the collision, he pulled the Freightliner forward, releasing his son, who then fell onto the roadway.

The boy was transported to Bay Medical Center in Panama City where he was being treated for critical injuries, according to the FHP release.

FHP also reported that alcohol was involved in the accident and Phillipp is charged with DUI and DUI causing serious bodily injury.

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