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Boy, 11, fighting for life after being ‘dragged 50ft down road by drunk driver’

An 11-year-old boy was dragged 50ft down an American street after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bicycle at a crossing.

Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was struck by the SUV – and is now fighting for his life in hospital.

He has suffered a host of horrific injuries, with passers-by saying the driver continued for some time being noticing Caleb, in Aurora, Colorado.

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

Caleb 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.

His family say it is a miracle that he is still alive.

Great uncle Bob Ingelhart, 60, 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 the pavement of North Chambers Road and was using the crossing when he was hit at 7.30pm on June 10, documents said.

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

Caleb Ingelhart who is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike. See SWNS story SWOCcrash. 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 street. Schoolboy Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was struck by the SUV. The driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, did not immediately notice Caleb and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping in Aurora, Colorado, USA. Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police.
He was at a crossing in Aurora, Colorado, when he was hit (Picture: SWNS)
Caleb Ingelhart who is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike. See SWNS story SWOCcrash. 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 street. Schoolboy Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was struck by the SUV. The driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, did not immediately notice Caleb and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping in Aurora, Colorado, USA. Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police.
The youngster’s family are now fundraising for his medical costs (Picture: SWNS)

The unnamed man allegedly dragged the boy and his bike under his GMC Jimmy SUV for a ‘considerable distance’, police said, while witnesses shouted and beeped their horns at him in an effort to get 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 the vehicle before getting out to help 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 had ‘maybe two Smirnoffs.’

Caleb Ingelhart who is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike. See SWNS story SWOCcrash. 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 street. Schoolboy Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was struck by the SUV. The driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, did not immediately notice Caleb and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping in Aurora, Colorado, USA. Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police.
The youngster’s face was badly swollen (Picture: SWNS)
Caleb Ingelhart who is fighting for his life after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his bike. See SWNS story SWOCcrash. 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 street. Schoolboy Caleb Ingelhart was only two minutes from home when he tried to cross the street but was struck by the SUV. The driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, did not immediately notice Caleb and passers-by say he continued driving for 50ft before stopping in Aurora, Colorado, USA. Bystanders lifted the SUV off the boy and a woman pulled him out, according to police.
 (Picture: SWNS)

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

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