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Teenage Cyclist Hit by Car Has Long Road to Recovery: Father

The teen was hit by a car and became trapped underneath it and suffered serious burn injuries

The father of a boy who suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Escondido earlier this month says his son is still recovering in the hospital and has multiple surgeries ahead of him.

Fourteen-year-old Josue Carrasco was riding his bike Sept. 7 just minutes from his home on. His father came home and noticed Josue wasn’t there so he gave him a call. Josue said he’d be right home.

The next call his father got was from the police.

“He told me he was coming home in 10 minutes, he was close to home. We waited for him. But when I talked to the police, they told me my son was in an accident,” Ricardo Carrasco said.

The Escondido Police Department said Josue was hit by a sedan near the intersection of El Norte and Centre City Parkway just before 11 p.m. Josue became trapped under the car and had to be rescued by firefighters.

While he laid underneath the car, he suffered serious burns on his face, stomach and back, according to his father.

Josue was life-flighted to Rady Children's Hospital then quickly moved to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

He’s already been through a couple surgeries and has more to come.

“In my heart, I started to cry. In that moment, I thought I could have picked him up. I feel guilty,” Ricardo said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

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