Teen hit by car now out of coma, able to open Christmas presents

Posted at 9:36 PM, Dec 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-25 23:36:40-05

KEARNS, Utah -- A Kearns High School student who was hit by a car while walking to school earlier this month is recovering.

Fifteen year old Dallas Watts was walking along 5400 South on December 16th around 7am when a car and an SUV collided in the roadway. The SUV then rolled from the road toward the sidewalk to the south in the area of 4260 West, hitting Dallas before he could react.

Christmas Day, Dallas unwrapped presents. Something which didn't look likely on the day of the accident.

"The doctor just came in and said I'm sorry, we just don't think he's going to make it," recalled Brandi Watts, Dallas' mother.

Doctors put Dallas in an induced coma after an initial surgery. Now that he's emerged, he remembers a little more each day.

"He started to recognize my four year old today," said Tabatha Sprague, Dallas' sister said on Christmas.

"He's got a lot of work to do, but they think he's gonna be Dallas again," Brandi told Fox 13 News.

She says several weeks of physical therapy are in store for Dallas.