According to a report from 9News, the incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Aurora, Colorado. Police said the boy was riding his bicycle on a southbound sidewalk when he attempted to cross the street using a crosswalk.
While he was crossing the street on his bike, a GMC Jimmy SUV traveling west struck him, police said, according to 9News. Then, police say, the driver of the vehicle turned right and continued driving, dragging the boy and his bike a “considerable distance” down the road.
When the driver came to a stop, witnesses said bystanders lifted the vehicle off of the boy and dragged him out from underneath the SUV, according to police.
The boy was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to 9News.
When the driver stopped, witnesses said they watched bystanders lift the car off the child and some women pulled him out from under the truck, police said. https://t.co/OihSXgvLUr— KENS 5 (@KENS5) June 13, 2021
Police arrested 32-year-old Hector Eduardo Garcia on suspected vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian, according to the report.
It’s unclear how he intends to plead or if he’s obtained an attorney.