A Meridian boy is very happy to be home. 10-year-old Brandon Krstulovich
was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike July 20. Now he's out of the hospital and was able to speak publicly for the first time.
"I feel good," Brandon said.
Those words are music to Marion Griffin's ears. She and her family's lives have changed a bit since Brandon was critically injured in a hit-and-run just blocks away from his house.
"It's a miracle that he's doing so well," said Griffin.
Although it's a night that Griffin says she will never forget, such has not been the case for her son Brandon, who suffered severe head trauma in the accident.
"He has lost some of his memory," Griffin. "He doesn't remember much. He doesn't remember nothing that night and he's lost a few months like different things that went on prior to it, he doesn't remember them. I think he will. It's just a process and it takes time."
That's why Griffin says Brandon is now undergoing therapy at least five times a week and that's expected to increase once he starts speech therapy. With at least one more surgery scheduled, Griffin says she is confident that Brandon is on the road to a full recovery.
Meanwhile as for the suspect in the case, Griffin says she is determined to forgive.
"I wasn't particularly happy that he kept going and tried to hide out," said Griffin of the vehicle's driver. "But I had to let that go and let God take care of that and let courts take care of that."
As for Brandon, as he awaits his next surgery he has yet to return to school but says that he is anxious to do so.
" I want to know more things," said Brandon.
The suspect who was charged is 35-year-old Daryll "Dickey Doo" Hampton, who turned himself in a week after the incident. Investigators say Hampton painted the car to try to disguise it and hide evidence.
Hampton is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with evidence, and mutilating or changing the VIN number on the car.
Hampton's case is expected to come up in court in November.