Family of Hit and Run Victim Speaks

It was just over two weeks ago when a Meridian boy was severely injured in a hit and run wreck. Now the child's family is speaking out.

"They left my brother for dead," said Antoinette Krstulovich, the older sister of 10-year-old Brandon Krstulovich, who was struck while riding his bicycle three blocks from his home July 20.

Family members say there's a good reason why it took them almost three hours to locate him.

On the night of the accident Brandon took his Dad's bike to ride instead of his own. Just prior to leaving his house, his Dad says he and Brandon had been mowing in the backyard. When they took a break he says Brandon asked to ride his bicycle but promised to be back home before dark. It was when Brandon didn't return that is father became concerned, but did not panic.

"After we found out that he wasn't at home, we thought he was at a friend's house. We were trying to find him. Locate him in a place that we knew he would be at and at the place we knew he would be there. He wasn't there," said Brandon's father, James C. Griffin.

"We didn't think to check the hospitals or anything. We didn't think anything was wrong with him," said Antoinette.

However, it was through a message left for Brandon's older brother on his MySpace page which finally alerted the family to what had happened.

"They e-mailed him saying that a boy who looked like Brandon was supposed to have been hit by a car. That was around 11 o'clock," said Antoinette.

"I believe it was the surgery that saved his life," said Griffin. "The doctor that operated on him at Jeff Anderson Hospital, you know, is really what saved his life."

Meanwhile, with Brandon still hospitalized in Jackson and facing about six weeks of rehabilitation there, his family members say they are just trying to cope.

"It's hard to forgive somebody for this thing, because he was very aware of what he did," said Griffin.

The suspect charged in the hit and run is 35-year-old Darryl Hampton, who turned himself in a week after the collision.

Because of mounting medical bills, a special fund has been established at any branch of Regions Bank in Meridian. For information, call 601-481-1004.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    you can donate to help with bills and transportion we appeciate everyone prayers and donations God bless
  • by ANTOINETTE on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    From my family thanks for your support especially those prayers those who want a up date mom said he's improving the doc said "better than they expected" I have prayed about the whole situation and I forgive the man cause for my brother to get well I know that is why Jesus was sent but it is hard to forget that he's out and about and could run still if he wanted or hit someone else
  • by MAS Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 4, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I know Brandon and he is a wonderful child, he is not one to get into trouble. Antionette we are praying for your family. Don't pay attention to what others say, they need to tend to their own before trying to tend to others. I love Brandon and will be praying for him.
  • by Anonymous Location: Union on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    To the family of Brandon my heart goes out to you guys.I hope Brandon continue to get better and I will continue to pray for you guys.We shouldn't judge these parents.That could have happen to your brother or sister your child or mine. We need to be mindful of what we say about someone. I giveyou a pat on your back Brandon sister stand up for your family we always jump to judge someone before we know the facts.The dude was wrong for leaving that baby like that and I am glad someone was there to call the police.My heart goes out to the mom especially her baby lying there,Just remember Brandon family GOD IS STILL IN THE WORKING BUSINESS,HE IS AN AWESOME GOD I KNOW BECAUSE I LIKE TO LOST MY SON SEVERAL YEARS AGO and it just bring chills over my body but I still give GOD ALL THE PRAISE AND GLORY. Family just stay on the right track God will fight your battle if you just keep still! I am praying for you guys.I wish i could meet you all.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Thanks for clearing up all the misconceptions Antionette. There was a lot a speculations especially the way the story was aired. Again my heart goes out to Brandon and I do plan on making a donation in behalf of brandon and I do hope he gets to feeling better to the point of one day putting all this behind him and returning to a normal little boy. May God continue to be with you guys
  • by CONCERNED PARENT Location: MERIDIAN. on Aug 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG BOY AND HIS FAMILY.. THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY. EITHER NIGHT OR DAY.. THE PERSON THAT LEFT THE SCENE WAS WRONG BOTTOM LINE..I THINK WHAT THA AIRHEAD BELOW IS TRYING TO SAY IT DID KINDA TAKE A WHILE FOR THE PARENTS TO RESPOND.. IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING NOSEY BABY IF THERE WAS AN ACCIDEN CLOSE, SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE MADE SURE IT WAS NOT YOUR BROTHER. I UNDERSTAND WHAT U ARE SAYING THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW YOUR BROTHER IS ,,THAT AIRHEAD HAS NO CLUE....I PRAY THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A SPEDDY RECOVERY.. MAY GOD BLESS
  • by Antoinette Location: meridian on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    P.S. Regardless how we found out it dont justify the dude leave my brother. He must had drugs on him or was drunk, no license or insurance or something. DO you want someone to kit you little girl or boy and dont call police or dont take him to the hospital leave him for dead. mom stays down there in Jackson though. my mom cant work. we need money to go to jackson and back and pay bills and eat. we dont know who actually call the police, God bless them.
  • by antoinette Location: meridian on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    MAURICE we just move over to highland No one knows us around here.Brandon plays football,baseball, and make good grades in school.YOU have no clue to what type of child my little brother is to say how he will end up.I was at work it was my other brother my space page not mines GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT.Doctor says the impact to his chest was badly swollen,bruised with a severe head injury that he had to get surgery done to remove a piece of his skull to release the pressure cause he had a blood clot. Doc.said the car had to hit him in the chest, head hit the windshield so in order for him to leave the secene had to back up to let my brother fall off the car.It was not 11pm when my parents started looking it was about 11pm when we found out he was at the hospital. My parents just checking at friends houses just because it was so close to the house we are not nosy people to run up the street when we see lights.When your child rides a bike you know every place they go.
  • by Maurice Location: Meridian on Aug 2, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    I don,t buy that bull story. It's 11pm, the child is 3 hours late, your 10 yr old son is missing, no authorities have been notified,and they haven't a clue where he is. Lucky the daughter has a my space page, or they would still be sitting around waiting for him to come home? I call this plain and simple child neglect. This is the type of situation where a child ends up in a gang and the parents won't know about it untill he gets in trouble.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    This is so sad he is such a pretty boy my heart and prayers goes out this boy and his family
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