The 16-month-old son of a Georgia jewelery store owner narrowly escaped death when a car plowed into the Savannah business over the weekend, smashing two showcases and injuring the father.
A surveillance video from Harkleroad Diamonds and Fine Jewelery on Abercorn Street shows the owner's son, Gray Harkleroad, standing at the front of the store just moments before a car smashed through the window, wrecking everything in sight.
Authorities said the toddler was thrown three feet in the air and landed safely away from the broken glass and debris.
The boy's father, Marion Harkleroad, said he watched helplessly from the rear of the store as his son buckled backwards and became airborne, ABC's Good Morning America reported.
Gray's older brother, 21-year-old Caleb, who was working at the store at the time, rushed to his brother's aid and scooped him up before he could cut himself.
'The last thing I saw was my baby brother walking across the front part of the store and then about thirty seconds after that the car crashed into the store,' said Caleb Harkleroad.
Marion Harkleroad was in his office in the back when the vehicle crashed through the wall, leaving him with slight injuries after being hit by a desk and other debris.
Mr Harkleroad said it's 'a Christmas miracle' that his young son was not killed.
'We are just very thankful to God. I feel like the angels were all here protecting us. I am just very thankful,' Caleb Harkleroad said.
According to investigators, the car was driven by an 84-year-old woman who was coming in to pick up a purchase. She was not injured in the collision, the Savannah Morning News reported.
The driver told police she accidentally mixed up the brake and gas pedals when parking, crashing the car through the wall, over two jewellery display cases and all the way into the owner's office.
Her family said the octogenarian had been in a prior accident involving a bus, and they had tried to get her license revoked. She has been charged with reckless driving.
Meanwhile, Marion Harkleroad wrote on a Facebook page that his family-owned store reopened on Tuesday after a weekend clean-up.
Terrifying video shows close call for toddler who was nearly crushed when out-of-control car smashed through store window
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