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Young crash survivor gets special day


ALBANY, N.Y. -- A young boy who lost his mother and brother in a car accident in March is getting a very special treat Friday.

Matthew Sleight, 8, was in the crash along State Route 67 in the town of Amsterdam that killed his mother Tanya Sleight, 9-year-old brother Elijah, and his mother's friend Shyara Concepcion. His 2-year-old sister Naomi was severely injured in the crash, but survived.

Matthew was pulled from the wreckage by a young marine reservist, Taylor Janis who made it possible Friday for Matthew to hop into a limo and ride down to the Albany Saratoga Speedway for all-day access. The boy told Janis he loves cars and the raceway, so tonight he got to wave the flag and announce proudly "gentleman start your engines."

It was all about Matthew at the race track as he checked out all the cars in the pit, met his favorite drivers, and even took to the drivers seat on one of the modified cars.

"It's cool," said Matthew about the experience.

"He looks up to me, its a good feeling that I was there, he's impacted my life as well," said Janis who was honored at the event.

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