Teen bicyclist gradually recovering after hit-and-run crash in crosswalk
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
He was hit on his bicycle in a crosswalk and left for dead.
Antonio Zamudio, 17, is recovering at University Medical Center.
He gave his mother and girlfriend a thumbs up from his hospital bed on Monday morning.
It's been three days since Zamudio was hit on Oakey Boulevard just west of Las Verdes Street.
"I thought to myself, was this on a purpose?" said his mother, Edith Zamudio. "I hope not."
"I just know what no one deserves this. Especially not him," explained his girlfriend, Kaylee Miranda.
Police said the driver of the pickup truck that hit Zamudio did not stop to help after the crash.
According to detectives, Zamudio's bike became stuck under the truck and was dragged almost 2 1/2 miles and left near a dumpster.
"It's sickening. It's unbelievable really. It's stuff that I'm still processing," said Edith.
The accused driver, 42-year-old Michael Pacholka, was arrested Saturday.
He is expected to face a judge Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Zamudio's family is hopeful the teenager will recover from his injuries.
"We can all drive ourselves crazy thinking, why, how, why, just why?" said Edith.
The 17-year-old has broken bones and internal injuries, but he's alive.
"My focus right now is to make sure my kid gets out of there. That's my main focus, is my son," Edith continued.
Each day, there are signs Zamudio is getting better.
That gives his mother and girlfriend hope.
"I'm just so grateful that he's okay. He's healing and he's getting better," said Miranda.
When Zamudio is out of the hospital, his mother has just one simple request.
"He's going to be wrapped around in bubble wrap and a stationary bike, so he can just do it there at home," she said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up if you would like to help the Zamudio family with medical costs.