The boy was taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. He suffered a head injury but was released early Tuesday morning. Alvarado said he’ll keep his son home for a few days for observation. He said he was thankful the bike took the brunt of the crash and that no other children were hurt.
“I’m just happy because he’s not too bad, but when I was with him in the hospital, I was worried what was going to happen and if he was going to be all right,” he said. “I was scared.”
Troopers are investigating whether the suspect was under the influence at the time of the crash. Cleaveland said investigators believe they have identified a location where he might have been drinking earlier that day, but aren’t releasing that information because charges are pending.
It’s likely the driver will be charged with failure to stop after a crash and driving under the influence. Given the child’s injuries, Cleaveland said he could also face felonious assault charges.
Once the investigation concludes, troopers will present the case to a Clark County prosecutor to pursue charges, he said.
Witnesses, Cleaveland said, were key to finding the driver.
“If you’re going to leave the scene of a crash, people are watching and a couple of really good Samaritans in this case were able to help us hopefully close out this investigation,” he said.