BOY HIT BY CAR IN EL CAJON CREDITS BIKE HELMET WITH SAVING HIS LIFE

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By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2018 (El Cajon) -- boy who suffered serious injuries due to a hit and run driver in El Cajon credits a bicycle helmet with saving his life.

On October 4th, 9-year-old Hassan Haider was riding his bicycle to Johnson Elementary School when he was struck by blue Honda Fit at the intersection of Main and Sunshine streets.

East County Magazine photographer Robert Gehr was a witness who rushed to comfort the boy while another bystander called 911. He described the scene as the nightmare I wished that I never had to see.

The boy suffered a head injury, facial facture, and fractured vertebrae. He was hospitalized for nearly a month and underwent several surgeries.

But fortunately, NBC 7 reports, he is now home  and back in school. 

El Cajon Police distributed surveillance video showing the vehicle involved in the crash , and Lt. Steve Kirkhas thanked the public for coming forward with tips that led to the arrest of the suspect, who was found hiding under a bed at her Lakeside residence.

Courtney Webber, 27, was charged with felony hit and run. She was driving on a suspended license at the time, due to a prior conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.