Police say a 12-year-old boy was hit by a pickup truck in Chula Vista

Relative says boy suffered broken wrist, teeth

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A 12-year-old boy was struck by a motorist Friday in Chula Vista.

The wreck occurred at 7:15 a.m. on Telegraph Canyon Road near Oleander Drive.

Chula Vista police said Nicholas Mafnas was hit by a pickup truck making a left turn on Telegraph Canyon Road.

The boy’s cousin, Serafina, said she heard him yell at the driver.

“Me and his brother ran down here,” Serafina said. “We saw him laying on the floor. His whole front mouth from his nose to his chin was covered in blood.” 

She told 10News that Mafnas suffered a broken wrist and broken teeth, and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital. He is expected to recover.

Police said the pickup truck driver told them he did not see the boy.

The driver was not cited, police said.

“That’s what makes me upset with the law,” Serafina said. “They need to handle things better. They should have taken him in for questioning."

10News checked with Chula Vista police who said the driver was licensed and insured, and they did not see him make any illegal moves.

Over the course of two hours at the scene, several people approached 10News about how dangerous the intersection of Oleander and Telegraph Canyon is.

A couple of people referenced a crash in the same intersection the night before.

One woman, who’s lived next to the intersection for 20 years, said she refuses to walk across the street because it is too dangerous. 

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