Man run over by pickup at Hudsonville Fair

Emergency responders on the scene after someone was hit by a vehicle at the fair in Hudsonville. (Aug. 21, 2014)

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was hospitalized after being accidentally run over by a pickup truck Thursday evening at the Hudsonville Community Fair.

The victim is 22-year-old James Silva of Holland. He remained in critical condition as of Friday morning, according to the hospital.

James Silva. (Undated courtesy photo)
(An undated courtesy photo of James Silva.)

Friends said they were told by Silva’s family that he was not believed to have any broken bones or organ damage, but that he did have a concussion.

Silva’s brother Rodney, 20, was behind the wheel of the truck.

The accident happened as the brothers were working on the truck before their mudrun. Witnesses said James Silva was standing on a tire to look under the open hood when the truck suddenly started up and lurched forward.

“He was standing on the tire and the tire draw him under. Both tires ran him over,” witness Logan Huizinga said.

Some witnesses yelled “fire, fire,” to get the attention of emergency responders that were already on the scene for the event. Witnesses said they did not see external bleeding.

Investigators on the scene after someone was hit by a vehicle at the fair in Hudsonville. (Aug. 21, 2014)
(Investigators on the scene.)

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said the truck drove over Silva’s stomach and legs. He was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital.

Silva’s parents were notified and were going to the Grand Rapids hospital where he was taken.

The reason the truck began to move is not yet known. An announcement over the PA at the fair said its throttle was stuck, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The fair is located on Park Avenue in the area of Chicago Drive and 40th Avenue.



Hudsonville Community Fair

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