Child Struck by Trash Truck in Critical Condition

Luke Acuna was riding his skateboard in University Heights when he collided with a city trash truck

By R. Stickney and Kelly McPherson
|  Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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A North Park boy run over by a garbage truck three weeks ago has lost a leg and is facing a long recovery according to his parents.  Luke Acuna, 9, is hospitalized in critical condition at Rady Children's Hospital. Kelly McPherson reports.

A North Park boy run over by a garbage truck three weeks ago has lost a leg and is facing a long recovery according to his parents. Luke Acuna, 9, is hospitalized in critical condition at Rady Children's Hospital. Kelly McPherson reports.

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A North Park boy struck by a garbage truck three weeks ago has lost his leg and is facing a long recovery according to his parents.

Luke Acuna, 9, is hospitalized in critical condition at Rady Children’s Hospital.

The Garfield Elementary student was riding his skateboard home from school to a YMCA on Nov. 17 when he was struck by the garbage truck.

The collision involved a San Diego city trash truck happened at Meade Avenue and Kansas Street around 1:15 p.m. The driver was not at fault according to police.

Since then, Acuna has had his left leg amputated and faces a number of surgeries.

His parents, Anthony and Doneba Acuna were joined by Luke’s brothers outside the hospital Tuesday as they thanked hospital staff and Ronald McDonald House employees who have helped the family.

“When Luke would go out to play, he’d say ‘Dad, I play like there’s no tomorrow,’” said father Anthony Acuna.

The boy’s father said he hopes his son will once again be able to play his two loves – soccer and Frisbee golf.

The Acunas also asked for donations to a special fund set up for Luke’s recovery. Anyone interested can find the account through Wells Fargo, account number 1994541090.

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