Toddler struck by car in Bay Terraces recovering from injuries
Family members credit dad's actions
Last Updated: 72 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Family members say a two-year-old boy severely injured after being hit by a car will survive.
Alakai Alvarez was struck by a black Mercedes-Benz just outside of his great-grandmother's home in the 7700 block of Brookhaven Road near Coralwood Drive just after 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said the boy was being watched by his great-grandmother when he ran out into the street and was struck by the car. His 26-year-old father chased after him and was also hit.
The boy's uncle, Daniel Alvarez, witnessed it.
"I can't believe it," said Alvarez. "I thought he was dead. His lips were blue."
Neighbor Toni Vasquez, who is a nurse, described giving Alakai CPR.
"He had no pulse; he was not breathing," said Vasquez. "His chest wasn't moving. The whole side of his head was totally open. You could see his brain."
It was a sleepless night for Alakai's great-grandmother, Maria Fernandez, as the toddler spent the night in the hospital.
"He wasn't breathing, and that scared me," said Fernandez.
Remarkably, family members told 10News that doctors believe the boy is going to survive. Daniel Alvarez believes that's because of his brother, Alakai's father.
"As my brother picked him up, he started walking, he turned around, and he took most of the hit, you know," Daniel Alvarez said.
The car crashed into both of them. Police said the driver wasn't speeding or under the influence when he hit them and aren't pressing charges.
"I totally disagree with that," said Alvarez. "That guy was speeding. He was going way too fast to be on the street."
Neighbors told 10News they hope drivers will slow down and be more careful in the area, where many kids play.
"My kids aren't playing out here anymore because it's too crazy with these cars here," said Vince Valdez, a neighbor.
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