Lakeside teenager in coma after accident

15-year-old due to start high school

LAKESIDE, Calif. - The mother of a Lakeside teenager is speaking out, hoping to reach out to the woman who hit her son with her car that she holds no blame.

"Not at all. It was an accident, and I can only imagine the devastation she must be feeling," said Janette Buss.

Her son, 15-year-old Jacob Buss, and a friend were trying to cross Woodside Avenue at Riverford Road in July when Jacob, impatient for the light to change, attempted to cross.  

"His friend called me to say he saw the car coming and tried to pull him out of the way but couldn't," said Janette Buss.

Now at Rady Children's Hospital, Jacob Buss has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain but his mother has no idea what the effects of the accident will be.

"I just want to see him smile again," she said. "I just want to hear his voice. I don't know if I'm ever going to have those things."

The California Highway Patrol said in the last two years, there have been two accidents at that intersection, including this one. The other accident did not involve pedestrians.

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