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Boy, 11, struck ‘by drunk SUV driver’ and dragged 50ft down the street while riding bike in Colorado

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Boy, 11, is left fighting for life with horrific injuries after he was struck ‘by a drunk SUV driver’ and dragged 50ft down the street while riding his bike on a crossing in Colorado

  • Caleb Ingelhart, 11, was two minutes from his Aurora home when he was struck
  • An SUV hit him at a crossing and the driver continued for 50ft, witnesses said 
  • Caleb suffered a skull fracture, brain bleed, a fractured scapula and deep cuts
  • Driver Hector Garcia has been arrested for vehicular assault and DUI










An 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike and dragged 50ft down a Colorado street.

Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was hit by the SUV at a crossing.

Driver Hector Garcia is accused of not immediately noticing Caleb, and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping in Aurora on June 10.

Caleb Ingelhart is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike and dragged 50ft down a Colorado street

Caleb Ingelhart is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike and dragged 50ft down a Colorado street

The youngster, pictured with his mother Deborah, was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was hit by the SUV at a crossing

The youngster, pictured with his mother Deborah, was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was hit by the SUV at a crossing

Caleb is seen approaching the crossing on the side of the road on June 10 before the horrific crash

Caleb is seen approaching the crossing on the side of the road on June 10 before the horrific crash

CCTV footage shows the moment the SUV (highlighted) exits the crossing and continues to drive

CCTV footage shows the moment the SUV (highlighted) exits the crossing and continues to drive

Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police.

The boy suffered a skull fracture, brain bleed, a fractured scapula, deep cuts to bones, trauma to neck tendons, road rash and other injuries as a result.

Caleb’s mother Deborah told The Denver Channel: ‘You wish you could do something. It’s hard when you see your child screaming for three hours because they’re in so much pain.

‘He needs to continue being a kid and get back on that bike.’ 

Driver Hector Garcia is accused of not immediately noticing Caleb

Driver Hector Garcia is accused of not immediately noticing Caleb

Driver Hector Garcia (left) is accused of not immediately noticing Caleb (right), and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping

Caleb was riding his bike on a sidewalk of North Chambers Road and was using the crosswalk when he was hit at 7.30pm on June 10, documents said

Caleb was riding his bike on a sidewalk of North Chambers Road and was using the crosswalk when he was hit at 7.30pm on June 10, documents said

The boy suffered a skull fracture, brain bleed, a fractured scapula, deep cuts to bones, trauma to neck tendons, road rash and other injuries as a result

The boy suffered a skull fracture, brain bleed, a fractured scapula, deep cuts to bones, trauma to neck tendons, road rash and other injuries as a result

Bob Ingelhart, 60, Caleb’s great uncle, said: ‘His injuries are horrific and it is a miracle that he is alive.

‘His face was swollen, he was in a neck brace and he had deep scrapes in his skin.

‘The bystanders are really the heroes here. They banded together, saved Caleb’s life and got the driver stopped and under control.’

Caleb was riding his bike on a sidewalk of North Chambers Road and was using the crosswalk when he was hit at 7.30pm on June 10, documents said.

Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police

Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police

The driver was arrested for vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and failure to yield to a pedestrian

The driver was arrested for vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and failure to yield to a pedestrian

An affidavit said after the collision, the 32-year-old driver turned right and continued north.

He allegedly dragged the boy and his bike under his GMC Jimmy SUV for a ‘considerable distance’, police said, while witnesses yelled and honked for him to stop

The driver was arrested for vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

According to an arrest affidavit, one witness told police that he saw the man hide a ‘can of booze of some sort’ in the back of vehicle before getting out to assist the boy.

The affidavit says he denied this claim, and being drunk, but did later tell officers that he drank with his co-workers before hitting the boy and ‘maybe two Smirnoffs.’

Bob said Caleb is now recovering at home, but still ‘has periods with major pain.’ 

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