Originally created 01/08/98

Boy struck by car after fleeing day care



A 3-year-old boy, who escaped teachers at a Peach Orchard Road day-care center, ran into the street and was struck by a car.

Michael James Sistare was released Wednesday from the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after he was hit by a car Monday and thrown into the air.

The boy, who turned 3 in October, ran out of a classroom at Wee Wisdom Christian Elementary School, 3423 Peach Orchard Road, and outran several teachers. He continued down the school's driveway to the street and into the path of Thelma Rager, 76, who was driving a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass south on Peach Orchard Road.

Mrs. Rager told police she was traveling about 35-40 mph and stopped as soon as she saw Michael running toward her. The passenger side of her car struck the toddler, and he was thrown into the air, according to police reports.

Teresa Disch, who saw the boy run from his classroom, told police she ran after him, but she was only halfway down the driveway when Michael was hit. Another woman at the school, Patricia Collins, also saw the boy run from his classroom, and when she couldn't catch him, she went to the office to report the incident, according to police reports.

Another witness, Shawn Bryan, 21, saw the boy running alone from the school and the teachers running after him after the car hit him. Mrs. Rager was not cited in the accident.

Helen Moncrief, who founded the school 40 years ago, did not answer telephone calls to her home Wednesday night.