'He Doesn't Remember': Father of 6-Year-Old Boy Injured in Hit-and-Run Says Son is Recovering - NBC 7 San Diego

'He Doesn't Remember': Father of 6-Year-Old Boy Injured in Hit-and-Run Says Son is Recovering



    6-Year-Old Boy Injured in Hit-and-Run Recovering: Family

    Six-year-old Lennox Lake's father Benjamin Lake said that his son is still pretty banged up, but is recovering. NBC 7's Astrid Solorzano has more. (Published Friday, May 12, 2017)

    A 6-year-old boy is slowly recovering in the hospital, after suffering serious injuries, including a skull fracture in a hit-and-run in San Ysidro.

    “He doesn’t remember, thankfully. He just asked why he wasn’t doing so well,” said Lennox's father, Benjamin Lake on Tuesday.

    Lake said they told Lennox the truth that the family had been in an accident and his son's first question was if his mom was okay.

    Lennox was injured in hit-and-run crash at Camino De La Plaza and Dairy Mart Road around 10:30 p.m Saturday night. The family was returning from a trip to Disneyland when the crash happened.

    Constantino Banda, 38, collided into the rear passenger area on driver's side of the car. That's where Lennox was strapped into his car seat, the family said.

    Lennox was taken to Rady Children's Hospital with a skull fracture, bleeding in his ears and nose.

    “[Lennox] is everything to me. He’s the reason I get up and go to work," said Lake. "I see him fighting so hard and I just want to get him to hopefully the best I can get him. I’m just thankful he’s still with us.”

    Lake said Lennox's doctors found two infections, including a recent on in his skull. But he is expected to recover and hopefully go home next week.

    Banda, who has previously been deported 15 times in more than a decade, is facing charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and felony hit and run. He was arrested by Border Patrol agents after he took off from the scene of the crash.

    Lake added that he is upset after learning of Banda's history, but their family is focused on Lennox at the moment.

    “I just wanna bring him home," Lake said.

    Banda pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday. His bail was set at $23,000.

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