Howard said this is the first time anything like this has happened in the decade that he has spent at Etowah. The coach was one of the first people on the scene after the accident. He was running with the team, trailing Perona's group by about five minutes, but he picked up his pace to reach Perona.
"You just don't get run over by a car and come out OK."
"They told us that he was run over by a car, but kept assuring us that he was okay," David Perona said. "They actually handed the phone to Michael in the ambulance. We were in disbelief. They said Air Max Black Pink
While the time wasn't record breaking, it was remarkable, considering he accomplished the feat nine days after being struck by a pickup truck.
the parking lot, apparently in shock. He was examined at the scene and then transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he underwent a series of X rays and exams.
WOODSTOCK When Michael Perona competed with the Etowah cross country team in Saturday's Carrollton Last Chance Invitational, he placed 20th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 1 second.
Perona described it as an unfortunate accident. No charges were filed against the driver.
David Perona, Michael's father, said that he and his wife, Michelle, were both driving home from work when they received the news. Michelle heard about the accident first and Air Max 95 With Jeans the couple met at home before traveling to the hospital together.
On Oct. 17, the junior was running along with several teammates on the sidewalk next to Bells Ferry Road, near the Etowah campus. According to an incident report filed by the Cherokee County Sherriff's Office, a blue Chevy S 10 pickup truck struck him while pulling out of a parking lot near Red Barn Road.
Just five days after the accident, Michael Perona was back running. He logged 5 miles that day in preparation for the race in Carrollton. On Saturday, he will compete in the Region 5AAAAAA meet at Canton's Boling Park for a chance to go to the state meet.
was watching over me."
Etowah cross country coach Jesse Howard said it isn't uncommon for the team to run around town. They stick to the sidewalks and are taught at the beginning of each season how to run safely.
Both sets of tires ran over Perona, who remembers every second of the incident.
Aside from some obvious road rash, he managed to escape injury.
But that wasn't the case. In fact, when paramedics arrived, Perona was jogging circles in Air Max Years
Not a broken bone or damaged organ was found.
"This truck was pulling out of the gas station, and I was running ahead of the group doing pickups, or sprints in the middle of the run," Perona said. "The driver of the truck made eye contact with me, so I thought he was going to let me pass, but then he started going. I tried to stop, but that's when I slipped and went right under the truck."
"It's not something you can even fathom," Howard said. "I don't like to call things miracles, but sometimes they are what they are. It's a miracle that he did not get hurt. I don't know what else to call it. It is the definition of a miracle to me."
"I thought my legs were both broken," Perona said. "Right when it ran over me, I was devastated. I thought my running was over."
Howard said it's hard to use the word "miracle" to describe Perona, but he thinks it's warranted in this case.
Cherokee County runner back in action days after emerging virtually unscathed from being hit
that he was run over, but that didn't make any sense to us. We thought that he must have been hit by the car or went over the hood.
"There was nothing broken," Perona said. "I didn't even get a stitch. The doctors said they had never seen anything like this. They kept calling me 'Superman' at the hospital. I just felt like someone Air Max 95 Chili Red
The front tires ran over Perona's legs, with the force of contact flipping him over onto his stomach. The back tires then ran over his hips.
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