Benefit to help teen hit by car


A benefit will be held to help offset the medical expenses of 14-year-old Harrison Lucas of Pickerington.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Kingy’s Pizza on Hill Road in Canal Winchester.

On June 22, Lucas’ bones shattered throughout his body and he suffered brain damage after being hit by a car.

The benefit at Kingy’s will feature a buffet-style meal for $10, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and a bake sale.

To attend the event, people must RSVP at or by calling (614) 507-4450.

Lucas’ mother Colleen Staats describes his accident on her Web site

"Harrison was struck by a vehicle while crossing Hill Road (Route 256) in Pickerington. He was having a great Sunday afternoon – hanging out with his friends at the pool and goofing off.  Harrison, along with two friends, left the pool to get some lunch at the new Sonic (which he loves) across the street from The Swim Club. Thankfully, Harrison’s friends were not injured."

Doctors at Nationwide Children¹s Hospital removed a portion of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain as part of a "last ditch effort" to save his life, Staats said.


"His prognosis was as grim as can be," she said.

On Aug. 19, Lucas was flown by medical airplane to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which has the "best rehab in the country," Staats said.

Staats spends half of each week with Lucas, then flies back to Pickerington to be with her husband and her other three children.

The rehabilitation, the traveling for Staats, babysitting for her two young daughters and much of Lucas’ hospital expenses are not covered by insurance.



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