14-year-old barrels car into church security guard at 80 MPH - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

14-year-old barrels car into church security guard at 80 MPH

Alvin Bonner, 56, was hit by a car driven by a 14-year-old. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Alvin Bonner, 56, was hit by a car driven by a 14-year-old. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Nobody knows how church security guard Alvin Bonner, 56, is still walking this earth.

A 14-year-old behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Malibu crashed into Bonner at 80 miles an hour.

Bonner flew some 100 feet and skidded across the ground for several more, but he's alive and well, recovering in a hospital bed.

"I'm just so happy to be here," Bonner said. "It was scary; it was scary."

Doctors treated Bonner for a broken arm, deep head gashes, ripped tendons, a gaping hole in his knee, cuts, and scrapes.

Bonner's wife of 20 years, Norri, couldn't bear it.

"It was heart wrenching," Norri said. "I ended on the floor."

For eight years Bonner has protected the Second Presbyterian Church congregation, as they come and go on Poplar Avenue every Sunday morning.

On April 12, everything changed.

A 14-year-old boy stepped on the gas, weaving around traffic into opposing lanes before crossing back over and slamming into Bonner.

"I saw the asphalt. I saw the blood. I felt the pain. Tremendous pain," Bonner said.

The teen sped off, but a witness sped off after him, calling 911 and keeping eyes on the teen.

Two men and a woman bailed from the car before police caught up to them at Chickasaw Oaks Village Mall Shopping Center.

There officers booked the 14-year-old for reckless driving, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

"When he ended up on the windshield, they knew it," Norri said. "For them to leave him in the street like a dead dog? No. I don't understand it."

But Norri is staying positive, "There's hope here and God works in mysterious ways."

Meanwhile, her husband is taking physical therapy to try to move again.

"I had to ask my wife to scratch my nose," Bonner said. "It was itching and I couldn't do a thing about it. That was hard."

But Bonner is staying positive by looking on the bright side.

"Just knowing I've got a lot of friends, family, people out there who love me."

Bonner has a message for the teen who put him in the hospital.

"Grow up. You have to become an adult and take responsibility for your actions."

Second Presbyterian is posting regular updates on its website asking people to, "Please continue to pray for Alvin, his wife Norri, and for those providing medical care over the coming days."

Police say it's unclear whose car the teen was driving. Right now he's not charged with stealing the car.

Bonner says the doctors, nurses, and members of Second Presbyterian have been a blessing.

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