SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A two-year-old boy from Bay Terraces was fighting for his life at Rady Children's Hospital Tuesday evening after police say he and his father were struck by a Mercedes in front of their home.
Authorities say the toddler unexpectedly darted out of his house on the 7700 block of Brookhaven Road shortly after 6:30pm, and ran into the middle of the street. The boy's 26-year-old father desperately chased after him, and both were struck by the car's 52-year-old driver.
While the little boy initially showed no vital signs when police arrived, medics performing CPR managed to revive him and finally detected a pulse. Police said, at last check, the two-year-old was crying.
"The fact that he's now crying, and the fact that he was non-responsive and had no pulse when officers first arrived: that is very encouraging," said Lt. David Rohowits of San Diego Police.
The boy was rushed by ambulance to Children's Hospital. His current condition is not known.
The boy's 26-year-old father was taken to Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista. He suffered facial lacerations and possible internal injuries, but was expected to be okay, according to authorities.
The 52-year-old driver of the Mercedes remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Police say neither speed nor alcohol played a role in the collision, and did not expect the driver would be cited.
"This was nothing more than a tragic accident," Rohowits said.