Rayan Kim, 11, was struck by a 2012 Nissan Frontier around 7.30 on Tuesday while on his way to Gunderson Middle School.
Kim was riding his e-bike on the sidewalk when a pickup truck hit him, threw him off, and ran him over near Cactus Avenue and Cliff Lake Street- just a mile from his school.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, after the horrific accident, Kim was taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
‘He lost his right ear, skin, and face,’ the boy’s mother who chose not to share her name told KLAS.
In an update posted on Friday to a GoFundMe page in Rayan’s honor, Kristen Penny, a close friend of the family revealed that doctor’s said that the boy is alive and called it a ‘miracle.’
Rayan Kim, 11, was hit by a pickup truck in Las Vegas on Tuesday while on his way to school. He was riding his e-bike on the sidewalk when the truck struck him. In an update on Friday, doctor’s said that he is alive
The truck driver, Leo Gonzalez-Ceron, hit Kim on Tuesday morning near Cactus Avenue and Cliff Lake Street- just a mile from the boy’s middle school. Pictured: Kim’s e-bike on the ground
The driver, Leo Gonzalez-Ceron, 39, was not injured and did not show any signs of impairment. Police said that he stayed at the scene after Kim was hit and that they do not suspect that he was impaired at the time of the incident.
The mother of three also revealed that her eldest son suffered multiple fractures to his jaw, a broken left arm and a brain hemorrhage from the hit.
‘I miss my son. I’m scared,’ Kim’s mother said.
Pictures of the young boy, who is mother said has always been by her side and ‘affects everyone’s life,’ showed severe swelling and bruising on his face.
Initial images showed Kim with many tubes and wires hooked up to his body as he laid in a hospital bed with his eyes closed, dressed in a kid’s gown, with a rosary around his neck.
The heartbroken mother told KSNV: ‘He left home before going to school [and said] ”Mom, I love you.’ That’s the last time I heard his voice.’
Rayan’s mother said: ‘I’m his mom, but I want to tell you he raised me. He changed me. He taught me what is love. And he’s really strong. He has a big heart.’
Rayan’s mother said that he is ‘really strong’ and ‘has a big heart.’ The 11-year-old is the oldest of three children with a younger sister and brother
The mother of three revealed that her son also suffered multiple fractures to his jaw, a broken left arm and a brain hemorrhage from the hit. Police said that the driver remained at the scene after he struck the boy
During her interview, the child’s mother held on tight to a rosary as well, as she pleaded for bicycle-involved accidents to stop in the area.
‘We don’t [need] more victims,’ the mother said.
‘We must teach and show them what real love is and what is safe, and how to save future children.’
In the last 29 days, there have been 10 fatal pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas, according to a post from the police department.
There were a total of 16 fatal collisions, including multiple vehicle accidents, as the department said that is an 80 percent increase from last year.
‘This is a trend we cannot continue, Las Vegas!’
‘WE are all a part of this community, and we need everyone to take immediate personal responsibility for safety to combat the rising FATAL collisions,’ the post said.
The middle schooler was involved at his catholic church, loved to play the clarinet and also enjoyed doing jui jitsu
‘I’m his mom, but I want to tell you he raised me. He changed me. He taught me what is love. And he’s really strong. He has a big heart,’ Rayan’s mother said about him
‘Rayan is such a bright light in everyone’s life and a very caring older brother to his younger sister and younger brother,’ the donation page said.
It went on to say that Rayan enjoyed spending time at his catholic church, playing the clarinet and doing jui jitsu.
The boy’s middle school also set up donations as community members were encouraged to drop off cards and gift cards for Rayan and his family on Friday.
Along with the update, Penny shared images on Rayan in his hospital bed with a rosary, picture of Jesus and a black panther stuffed animal by his side.
Penny said: ‘God’s courage and strength has covered the air in these times!’