By Sharon Stevens
Bunker Hill, MO (KSDK) - A Metro East boy is doing better after being knocked airborne while riding his bicycle.
Dakota Davidson, 10, was riding his bike to Wolf Ridge School along the intersection of South Washington Street and Orange Street when the accident happened. He said he'll never forget the accident.
Though he has bruises from his head to his knees, Dakota was released from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon.
The impact of being struck by an SUV sent Dakota 30-feet into the air and caused him to black out.
Dakota confessed he was scared after the accident because he was afraid to die.
Dakota's mother, April Davidson, rushed to the scene and has stayed at her son's side. Dakota is expected to make a full recovery and return to school next week.
As NewsChannel 5 reported Wednesday, this is the second time a child has been injured at this intersection in the past two years.
Police said they have issued numerous citations for speeding in the area and plan to beef up patrols at the intersection. However, many parents say they want crossing guards and lights.
"There are plenty of retired individuals in town who would probably love to be able to donate an hour or two out of their day to make sure that their kids, grandkids and grandkids' children are well-protected," April Davidson said.
School district officials said the Illinois Department of Transportation promised to install lights last spring but that has not happened. NewsChannel 5 contacted IDOT, but has yet to hear back from them.
Meanwhile, Dakota is staying in good spirits. He said he agrees with his mom's assessment that "chicks dig guys with scars."