Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal
SAN DIEGO - Two 11-year-old San Diego boys were taken to a local hospital after they were struck by a vehicle while walking in the San Diego High School parking lot shortly before Friday night's football game.
According to Duval County Sheriff's Department reports, the accident occurred at 7:25 p.m. in the school's parking lot, directly off Highway 359.
The boys, identified as Alex Garcia and Brandon Canales, both 11, were reportedly walking north in the caliche parking lot.
The report states that the driver of a 2005 Dodge Durango, identified as Joel Arnold Reyna, 18, was "not paying attention," and accelerated, striking both boys.
Garcia was struck and thrown a short distance from the impact site, while Canales was able to grab the front of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from running over him.
Both boys were transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, and were later taken to Driscoll Children's hospital.
Canales was released from the hospital Saturday with non-life threatening injuries, sheriff's department officials said.
Garcia remains in Driscoll Children's Hospital in critical condition, officials said.
The case has been forwarded to the district attorney's office, although no charges have been filed in the accident.