Witnesses who saw and heard a boy being hit by a car in Vista Thursday evening immediately feared the worst as the boy lay in the street.
“We saw the boy on the floor and the guy was stopped in the car, and we immediately thought the worst,” said Abraham Ojeda, the man who called 911 after the crash.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO), the child was riding a bicycle in the 800 block of Lemon Avenue just after 3 p.m. when he was struck by a driver in a white sedan.
Residents said they heard a loud bang and, when they ran outside, the boy was on the ground and hurt.
Ojeda told NBC 7 the boy was conscious when he saw him after the accident. The child was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital. As of 11 p.m., the boy’s condition was unknown.
The driver who hit the boy stopped and cooperated with deputies. One neighbor said the driver was with his own children at the time of the crash and everyone was extremely shaken by the accident.
Ojeda, father to a newborn, said the sight of the child hit by the car in his neighborhood is something he won’t soon forget.
Ojeda said this accident may have been a case of both the boy and the driver not seeing one another. He said he’s now more concerned than ever about safety on his street.