ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A teenaged boy who was hit by a minivan while walking along Fort Road on Saturday afternoon is in very critical condition with head trauma.
At the same time, police are questioning witnesses and the police officer who was allegedly behind the wheel of his private vehicle that struck Patrick Riley Jr, a resident of Browne’s Avenue.
At press time last night, the family said the student of Ottos Comprehensive School remained heavily sedated to keep him stabilised as he sustained head injuries with swelling on the brain which is life-threatening.
As the boy’s father Patrick Riley Sr walked from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mount St John’s Medical Centre early yesterday, he told this reporter, “There is a lot of uncertainty right now and the doctor does not want to give us any false assurances. We were told, however, they have seen a very slight improvement in his condition but we don’t know that he will recover fully.”
Riley Sr said the 14-year-old third former has been slowly responding to treatment and he recognised his parents the first time he awoke from an unconscious state.
However, he said other times when he awoke, he was not responding to cues or questions.
“Every time he comes around now he screams and thrashes about. He has been in and out of consciousness and they have to keep him sedated so he could be treated. He has a terrible cut on the left of his face and his left ear was severely cut in more than one place,” the admittedly distraught father said.
Riley Jr, who plays for the Under 17 Rangers Football team and practices with the Under 17 National team, also sustained injuries to his back and initially complained of pain in the back and buttocks.
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