Boy injured in I-20 bus crash returns home


WINSTON, Ga. - After one month in the hospital, an 8-year-old who was seriously injured in a crash with a bus has returned home.

Gavin Vanrensselear says he is happy to be back at his family’s Winston home, but he does not remember the crash that put him in Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.

“I don’t remember anything,” Gavin said.

Gavin now has an I-VS pump that drains off acid from his stomach, which is not attached. He also has a neck brace, a cabinet full of supplies and a refrigerator full of medications.

“It’s very serious. I mean lots of sterilizing. Everything has to be exact,” Gavin’s mother Ashley Vanrensselear said.

Police said a man was driving an old school bus towing a pickup truck when he pulled out in front of Gavin’s father last month while driving on I-20 west in Douglas County.

The impact sent the family’s SUV spinning into a tree.

Gavin’s younger brother, Maddox, and his father were injured, but Gavin suffered the most severe injuries.

Gavin will have to return to the hospital in two weeks to have his stomach reattached. He said he is not looking forward to it.

“I had to do exercises all the time. I had to wake up at 9:30 and do exercises,” Gavin said.

The family said Gavin’s hospital bills have reached more than $500,000. They said they do not have health insurance and they have not been able to work since the crash. The alleged at-fault driver’s insurance has refused to pay the family.

Investigators are looking into whether man driving, who is from Guatemala, was in Georgia legally and whether he had a legal driver’s license.

Donations to the family can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, directed to the Benefit for Gavin fund.