Georgia Tech offers football tickets to 11-year-old fan hit by car, police make arrest


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — In early September, 11-year-old Kaine Chastain was hit by a car outside Mercedes Benz Stadium.

It came as Kaine and his dad, Jonathan, left Georgia Tech’s Clemson Chick-Fil-A kickoff game on Labor Day.

Surveillance video from the Georgia World Congress Center captured the moment a black car cut into Kaine on Northside Drive and drove on. Atlanta police said the driver was 38-year-old Lavar C. Clinton.

“I’m just glad they located it and it’s closed now,” Jonathan said.

The incident left Kaine with a broken leg and a fractured ankle. It also left his father with a hefty hospital bill. But Jonathan says they have received support from across the state.

“There were people from the Georgia fan base, the Georgia tech fan base, the Clemson fan base, and people from across the city and state who helped us all,” Jonathan said.

Georgia Tech also offered the Chastain family suite tickets to last week’s home game against West Carolina, where they met Andre Dickens, Tech grad and Atlanta mayor.

“He told us about the case and everything we dealt with. He’s a really nice guy,” Jonathan said.

The college also gave Kaine and his dad in the Ramblin’ Wreck car brought them to the field for the pregame coin toss and gave Kaine a jersey along with other Yellow Jacket swag.

“We really appreciate everything the school has done and the whole fanbase. And the fans from other fanbases who have helped out with donations and stuff. We’re very grateful. It’s going to help us a lot in the long run. term with all the insurance and all that and medical bills,” Jonathan said.

Atlanta police said after a thorough investigation they found who was driving the car that hit Kaine and Clinton ultimately turned himself in. He faces a hit and run charge.

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