Family reports child bicyclist hit by car making remarkable strides


Jasper Young, 13, is making strides towards getting better his family reports.

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department shared an encouraging social media post this past weekend. It stated the young teenager left in the road in Wilkinson after being hit while riding his bicycle is making a remarkable recovery.

Jasper Young, 13, Markleville, was listed in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury for many weeks following the hit and run crash on June 17 and doctors feared the worst. However, good news came from Young’s mother and then posted by Pendleton Heights FCA Middle School and High School that states Young is making huge strides.

The post read, “Jasper’s doctors are calling him a miracle.” The news came after a MRI showed the area in his head where doctors were most concern was healed.

“All vessels previously blocked have blood flow,” the post stated. “His carotid artery is also healed. Even his neurosurgeon is in disbelief.”

The post also noted Young’s fractured neck is healed and that he woke up recently asking for fast food.

“Our God is more than wonderful — he’s a miracle worker,” the post stated.

In the meantime, the man who hit Young and left him on the road, Aaron Michael Magee, 33, remains in the Hancock County Jail under a $25,000 cash bond that was put into place following his arrest in late June.

Magee is slated for a pretrial conference at the end of August with a jury trial set for mid-September. He’s been charged with a Level 4 felony count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death or catastrophic injury.

Magee is accused of striking Young who was riding his bicycle and then leaving him in the road unattended in the 500 block of Main Street in Wilkinson around 10 p.m. June 17. Young, who was not wearing a helmet when he was hit, was flown by lifeline helicopter to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital where he was listed in critical condition for many days before making remarkable strides.

Officials started seeing positive signs for Young when he came off of a ventilator after several days. He was able to sit in a chair and even smiled at his mother, a family friend and one of Jasper’s teachers, Robin Gatheridge Hart told the Daily Reporter. However, the latest news on his health the post noted is truly remarkable.

The post mentioned if all continues to go well Young could be released from the hospital sometime this week.