A 7-year-old Tacoma boy hit by an SUV while trick-or-treating on Halloween night returned to school Tuesday after a misunderstanding with Tacoma Public Schools.
Max Wilson suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a fractured skull and broken leg, vertebrae, ribs and jaw, said his father, John Wilson.
He said Max doesn’t have much stamina and can be in school for only a few hours at a time, but Max was eager to get back to classes and friends.
“Today, everything was fine, it was lovely,” Wilson said Tuesday. “They are working out all the technical details. Until then, Max can be in school.”
The family expressed frustration with the school district Monday, believing it had barred Max from re-entering Lowell Elementary School. They threatened to seek a court injunction.
“This was never a matter of not wanting Max back at school,” district spokesman Dan Voelpel said Tuesday. “Everybody loves Max and wants him back.”
The district required medical clearance from Max’s doctor before allowing him back in school to ensure his injuries could be properly accommodated, Voelpel said.
That was provided by the Wilson family Monday, Voelpel said, which is why Max returned Tuesday.
“I think probably our greatest frustration is we would follow the process if someone would tell us what the process is — it’s not hard,” John Wilson said Monday. “Just tell us what the process is. We’ll do it.”
Officials said a lack of communication because of the four-day holiday weekend might have contributed to the family’s frustration about not hearing back from school officials.
Max was hurt while trick-or-treating with his family when a suspected intoxicated driver struck him about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 near North I and North Ninth streets.
Kasey Gunnarson, 38, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular assault in the case. He met his $20,000 bail and is on home-monitoring until his trial, scheduled for Dec. 20.
Pierce County prosecutors allege Gunnarson was drunk and high when he hit Max in the intersection before driving a block away, where he was detained by residents until police arrived.
The Wilson family recently sued Gunnarson over the injuries they say he inflicted on their son.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653