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Trapped under a van, pinned by tires

Kianna Lacroix is now at home. When we talked with her she was still in hospital with her boyfriend Tyson Assi at her side. He helped save her life after the unthinkable happened.

Lacroix and her cousin John Jamison were run over by a van while they were eating lunch on the patio at Kelly O'Bryans on the westside on Saturday.

"It just swooped me under and dragged me at least 15 feet," says Lacroix.

"The tire was on my head on this side (right) and my jaw."

Lacroix just had x-rays to see if there was any glass left in her skull. She can't move very much and her jaw is damaged.

"I may have glass in my face here (below her right eye) and it's all swollen. I had a dislocated shoulder."

She was trapped under the van and had no idea what had just happened.

"I just thought it was all a dream - that I was sleeping. I didn't think this was all real."

Just when she thought she wouldn't make it several men came to her rescue.

"My cousin Elias and my boyfriend Tyson and a few other men got the van off my cousin JJ (John) and I. I just remember being in the hospital."

Her cousin John spoke with Castanet News on Face Time while he recuperates at home.

He says the van was right on top of his leg and the driver was doing a burnout on top of his skin.

"It went through the garage door and that's when my legs went under the tires. I got pretty bad burns on my leg from the tire and I got rubber imbedded in my leg that might be permanent," says Jamison.

It was a moment that could have ended his life.

"It all happened so fast and all I was thinking was am I going to survive. It was pretty scary."

Tyson Assi has first aid training and it took over when the van blasted over the table he was at.

"I blink my eye, I hear smash and then I see Kianna and JJ getting dragged forward," says Assi.

"I just started yelling and I looked and made eye contact with the bartender and said contact 911."

He says a police officer and an off duty fire fighter jumped in to help the injured.

It was like a triage centre had been set up at Kelly O's with staff supplying towels and applying pressure to wounds.

"There are no words to even explain it. It all happened so quickly and there was chaos everywhere - everywhere you looked," says Assi.

JJ and Kianna are both at home, they have a lot of rehab ahead of them, but they are lucky to be alive.

As for the elderly driver, no charges have yet been laid.

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