FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- "He's just a hyper, hyper little boy," Daniel Zalsman says.
Zalsman is the step-father of 7-year-old Michael Lewallen, who was hit by a University of Arkansas transit bus on Saturday in Fayetteville.
Police say that playful running led to serious injuries on Betty Jo Drive, after Lewallen ran in front of the bus, which was going the speed limit.
"I just heard back from his mother," Zalsman says during an interivew Monday.
"He got out of surgery a few hours ago, his second syrgery.
Zalsman credits Washington Regional Medical Center with saving the boy's life, before he was flown to Arkansas Children's Hspital in Little Rock where Michael remains stable and continues to improve.
"We don't know if it was preventable or not," Zalsman says about the incident.
"I'm sure that driver was not intending on hurting him. it happens. Our main goal is to get him well, get him back playing sports, and moving and running and playing and being a happy little 7 year old that he needs to be."
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- A seven-year-old boy's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable after being hit by a bus Saturday.
Police say a University of Arkansas transit bus struck Micheal James Lewallen on Betty Jo Drive around 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Central EMS and the Fayetteville Fire Department also responded. But the scene left neighbors unsettled.
"We were just over there like fixing my car and like out of nowhere I just heard like a kid screaming," one neighbor told us.
Sergeant Gabbard with the Fayetteville Police Department said the young boy was playing with some friends when he ran out into the street.
"The bus honked its horn, the child recognized the bus was coming and tried to get out of the way and run back into the yard, but just wasn't quick enough."
Police say the bus was traveling the speed limit. The boy was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center then flown to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock for severe leg injuries.