Priest and teenager walk away unscathed after freak accident in Milford: ‘A real miracle’

MILFORD, Ohio (WXIX) – A teenager has miraculously walked away from an accident at a church in Milford where his car drove over a priest.

Brandon Varner, 17, was the driver around 9 a.m. on the first Sunday in October. His SUV drove through a yard, slammed into a concrete picnic table, then flew away.

Candy Varner, Brandon’s mother, says her son left early that morning to teach Sunday school at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, just three minutes from their home.

“For us, we just got the knock on the door that no one ever wants to have,” she recalls. “An officer stopped to let us know that our son had been involved in an accident.”

EMS transported Brandon to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, but he escaped without even a scratch.

He says he doesn’t remember anything.

“I don’t remember anything except leaving the house and driving down the street, then I had the seizure, and I passed out completely and I don’t remember anything from there,” he said.

Brandon didn’t learn what had happened until the hospital, where he was shown the surveillance video.

“I was mostly stunned by it. I didn’t think much about it. I was just shocked to hear what happened,” he said.

Brandon says he’s never had a seizure before. He is still in disbelief that no one was hurt.

“A real miracle,” he says. “I ended up with just a little scratch on my hand, and nothing happened to Father [John] Bouk.

The family says Brandon is fine and being treated for epilepsy.

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