Family keeps vigil with boy in coma

Saturday, October 31, 1998

Enquirer Contributor

Dave and Deanna Carr sit at their son's bedside at Children's Hospital Medical Center and pray.

They tell him about the dozens of cards sent by friends and classmates. And they watch for movement.

Devin, a sixth-grader at Talawanda Middle School, is in a coma and struggling with brain stem and spinal cord injuries after he was hit by a pickup truck early Thursday as he waited for the school bus.

Leaton D. Isaacs, 33, was eastbound on Minton Road, passing another car despite a double yellow line, police said. The pickup went off the left side of the road -- where Devin was standing in his own driveway.

Devin's 16-year-old brother, Brandon, was in his car waiting in the driveway for Devin to get on the bus so he could leave for classes at Talawanda High School. He saw the truck coming.

"I always walk the kids to the bus stop," Mrs. Carr said of Devin and 8-year-old Sean, a third-grader at Maud Marshall Elementary. "I could kick myself. I had just turned around and walked back to the house when he was hit. I had warned Brandon to be careful because of the fog."

Capt. Mike Grimes of the Butler County Sheriff's office said charges may be filed next week against the driver.

For now, the Carrs keep vigil. They wonder when Devin will be able to ride another dirt bike, play the sports he so loves, continue his modeling career and get back to the Batman collection he shares with his dad.

"He's such a well-rounded kid," his mother said. "He's a very, very popular kid," his father said Friday. "There must have been 35 people in here yesterday. We've been inundated with cards."

Devin's classmates are making cards and writing letters, said Principal Rhonda Bohannon.

Added Devin's mom: "Everybody's praying for him. . . . That's what we need -- a miracle."

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