Toddler recovering after being hit by truck

Aaron Krause • Jan 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The sun was just setting, hampering the view of the truck driver's eyes as he motored down a country road.

Not far away, now 20-month-old Emma Rader was in her grandmother's front yard, as the woman erected Halloween decorations.

Suddenly Emma took off across the street. Her paternal grandmother, Ann Rader, couldn't catch her, according to Emma's maternal grandfather, Bill Mahl. And a truck hit the toddler.

Emma was flown to an Akron hospital, where doctors amputated one of her feet. The toddler also suffered multiple fractures and abrasions. Emma spent nine days in the hospital, wore a cast for 10 weeks and was fitted for a prosthetic leg.

A story about the accident and aftermath, including Emma's recovery, was published in Monday's Norwalk Reflector.

A rigatoni dinner to help the family with expenses is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Monroeville K of C Hall. The event will feature raffles and food. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

A bank account under the title "Emma Rader Fund Account" has been set up at any Citizens Bank branch for those wishing to make donations.

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