A Grandmother’s Love: Woman Killed Shielding Grandson From Impact With Garbage Truck

Posted on June 4, 2012


New York (The Gaslamp Post) – An 11-year-old boy from Utah has survived a horrific crash with a broken rib, collar-bone, pelvis, a concussion, and a punctured lung.  In the crash he unfortunately lost his reported best-friend, his grandmother. 

“They were best friends, always texting and calling each other. I’m sure he’ll be very devastated,” said the boy’s father, Dean Larsen, according to The New York Post. “We haven’t even thought about when or how to bring it up.”

Suzanne Nicholson, 60, used her body to shield her grandson (pictured above) when their taxi cab was t-boned by a garbage truck.

Suzanne Nicholson, 60, had brought her grandson to NYC for his birthday, they were planning on going to museums, visiting the Statue of Liberty, and taking in a Yankees game.  Those plans came to an abrupt end, early this past Saturday morning.   

According to the NY Post, the two were en route to their hotel from the airport, when the crash occurred, sometime around 12:30 am Saturday.  Their cab was traveling on the described rain-slicked Long Island Expressway, when their driver accidentally rear-ended a Porsche.  A large garbage truck whose driver was unable to swerve and miss the cab, t-boned it.

The driver of the cab, husband, and father of two, Mohamed Hussein, was also killed in the crash.

Rescuers described what they found as the grandmother having shielded the little boy with her body.  She was found on top of him, and took the brunt force of the impact herself, sparing the child’s life.

The little boy, Gabe Larson was placed into a medically induced coma, and doesn’t know that his grandmother died saving him.  His parents have flown out to be at his side when he awakens.  Gabe’s mother, daughter of Nicholson, has tried to focus on her son, in the midst of this tragedy.   

“She hasn’t had time to think about her mom. She’s really focused on making sure everything’s OK with Gabe,” said her husband Dean. “There will be a point when we’ll all have to come to terms with it.”

Neither the driver of the Porsche nor the garbage truck have been cited.  The driver of the truck, although not believed to be responsible for the crash, is having a hard time getting past the accident.  He reportedly almost jack-knifed his truck, trying to avoid the cab, but there was nothing he could do.

(h/t:  The NY Post)

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