Onaway Mother and Son Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

"We shouldn’t have walked away from this," a woman hit in a suspected drunk driving crash Sarah Byrley-Moore said.

A mother is safe, but shaken Tuesday after a suspected drunk driver hit her and her son, then drove off.     

Sarah Byrley-Moore says she was driving to dinner with her 10-year-old in the back seat when it happened.

A truck smashed into her SUV on Old 27 just south of Charles Brink Rd. near Gaylord Sunday.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Noah Jurik talked to Byrley-Moore about the terrifying crash and the deputy who helped catch the suspect.

Tires were ripped off and the back end of Sarah Byrley-Moore’s car was smashed when a suspected drunk driver ran into her on Old 27.

She says that’s when her car started rolling.

"Screeching and then a ‘bam’ and a ‘kaboom’ and it hit us," Byrley-Moore said. "The next thing I know, we’re rolling and my kid’s screaming."

Sarah says when they came to a stop tipped on her side, her first thought was if her 10-year-old, Micah, was okay.

"My son said, ‘mama help me,’ and he was screaming, ‘get me down,’" Byrley-Moore said.

She managed to get her son unbuckled from the back seat as a passerby came up. 

"Multiple people helped us and if it weren’t for people like that, we could have just been in that ditch," Byrley-Moore said.

Just down the road, Otsego County Deputy James Fox came across a black truck with it’s headlights off and front end smashed.

"It was an investigative stop to see why he was driving around a truck that was smashed the way it was," Deputy Fox said. "When I turned on him and had my lights on him, he bailed on foot." 

While Sarah and Micah both only have minor injuries, Sarah says she hope the driver is punished.

"It could have been a lot worse," Byrley-Moore said. "My 10-year-old wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be here." 

The suspected drunk driver has not been formally charged for the accident.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family.