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7-Year-Old Hit & Run Victim Released From Hospital, Family Speaks Out

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The little boy who was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Palmers Crossing community last month is now back at home with his family.

On Sept.15, Jordan Gilmore was riding his bike down Old Airport Road when he was hit.

"Everybody was in a state of shock," said his uncle, Howard Gilmore.

"It was a really sad tragedy," said Thomas Gilmore, his uncle.

They said Jordan was riding his bike just one street over from where he lived. He was going to play with his friends at a club house they built. He was hit just yards way from his destination.

"It was just a very sad time for us," Howard said.

The second grader spent several weeks at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, three of them in the Intensive Care Unit.

"He had some major head trauma and brain injuries,"said Howard. "In three different places his leg was broken."

Jordan also lost his speech.

"There were moments were we didn't think he would make it," Thomas said. 

However, against all odds, Jordan did.

"It was nothing but a miracle," Thomas said.

His scars tell a story of survival. Jordan says he's glad to be back at home with his family.

"I missed my granny, and my mamma and my papa," Jordan said.

The police have not arrested anyone in this hit-and-run investigation.

"We are steadily trying to track this person down," said Lt. Jon Traxler of the Hattiesburg Police.

The family hopes that the person responsible will one day be behind bars.

Police ask that anyone with information that could help them, contact Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP (7867).

The family plans to have a Welcome Home Celebration for Jordan Nov. 2 at Kamper Park at 2 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend.

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