An online fundraiser has been set up to help a 13-year-old Acton boy and his family as he recovers from a hit-and-run on Wednesday that left him in a coma.
The GoFundMe page was set up on Friday and has a fundraising goal of $5,000 to help Cesar Soto Jr.’s family pay hospital bills, as well as other living expenses, while the boy recovers. recovering from his serious injuries.
Soto Jr. was struck and seriously injured around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday while walking on a crosswalk near the intersection of Great Road and Harris Street.
“So far he is in critical condition and had his second surgery last night which was a success,” writes fundraiser organizer Madeline Cruz. “As a mother of three children, I myself ask our community to help Cesar’s family with [expenses] because of this horrific accident that left this amazing, kind, sweet and caring child fighting for his life.
Cruz said the teen’s parents and brother were “devastated” and that no offering is too small.
As of Friday night, the page had raised about $2,700, just over half of its goal.
“Wishing you a full recovery from this terrible incident,” one person who donated said. “Sending prayers and positive energy for a speedy and full recovery,” another person said.
In addition to the GoFundMe fundraiser, a local business owner is offering $5,000 for information leading to the identity of the getaway driver. According The Boston Globethe owner of Bursaw Gas and Oil, located on Great Road, where the boy was struck, offers the reward.
“The driver hasn’t been identified yet, so I want to try and rustle the leaves a bit,” said owner Jeff Bursaw. “Someone out there must know something and hopefully that inspires them to come forward.”
Acton police said they arrived at the scene on Wednesday, found the teenager seriously injured and provided him with immediate medical aid. He was transported by an Acton Fire Department ambulance to Wetherbee Street Fields and then flown by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital.
Police said it appeared Soto Jr. was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the street at the crosswalk. The driver of a black sedan, possibly a Nissan, fled.
Police then released video of the vehicle and another sedan and asked the public to tip Acton police by calling 978-929-7711.
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