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4-year-old Recovering After Being Run Over By Truck

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Janiah Fulson, age 4, recovering at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after being run over by a Nissan Titan. Janiah Fulson, age 4, recovering at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after being run over by a Nissan Titan.
The tire tracks from the Nissan Titan were still visible on Janiah's arm. The tire tracks from the Nissan Titan were still visible on Janiah's arm.

by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An Antioch family is spending the 4th of July holiday at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after their young daughter was run over by a truck in Clarksville.

Janiah Fulson, age 4, was listed in stable condition. Her father said she suffered several cuts, scrapes and bruises, and injuries to her liver and lungs.

Officials with the Clarksville Police Department said the incident happened Wednesday around 9 p.m. at the Shell Station on Trenton Road. The Fulson family was on the way to Paducah, Kentucky, and stopped off for a break. 

Police said the driver of a 2008 Nissan Titan did not see Janiah and hit her.

Janiah's father, Alwyn, was just feet from her when it happened. 

"I'm saying ‘you're on my child,' and I'm hitting the truck," he told NewsChannel5. "The driver puts it in drive and rolls back over her. At that point I grabbed her. She stopped breathing. I picked her up and said, ‘Daddy loves you."

Janiah was transported to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, and then eventually to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Her family has been by her side ever since. They said doctors expected her to be in the hospital several more days as she recovers, but it was unclear if she will require surgery. Her father said she was lucky to be alive.

"I thank the Lord," said Alwyn Fulson. "It was an out-of-body experience seeing a part of me under that truck. My whole life just stopped at that point."

Clarksville police said the driver of the truck, Genalle Brown, was cited for failure to use due care. The incident remained under investigation.  

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