Residents say lack of a crosswalk at busy downtown intersection a disaster waiting to happen. George Kiriyama reports.
San Jose's Daniel Funk, 12, walks with a slight limp and there are still small but fading scars on his face.
His family says his recovery has been remarkable.
Four months ago, they didn't know if he was going to make it.
"He was struck full speed by an F150 and thrown about 145 feet," David Funk, Daniel's father said. "It's a miracle he's alive...really."
Daniel was walking home from Burnett Middle School. He was halfway through the crosswalk in the intersection of 2nd and Hedding in San Jose, when the truck hit him.
"I don't remember anything," Daniel Funk said.
Neighbor Laura Fabela saw the truck hit Daniel and immediately ran to help him.
Tears rolling down her face as she remembered that afternoon on May 16. "I kept telling him he wasn't alone. He was going to be okay. It was horrific. It was really bad," Fabela said.
When the city narrowed the lanes from four to two and put in bike lanes to slow traffic down, the city also eliminated the crosswalk lines.
Councilman Sam Liccardo wants them back in.
"If it were up to me, we would have done it yesterday. Unfortunately we've had some internal dissension at City Hall. Originally a crosswalk was planned for that intersection, they started striping several months ago and pulled back," Liccardo said.
No crosswalk lines near a school are unacceptable to David Funk and his neighbors.
Every day near 2nd and Hedding, the streets are full of children. He says it's a disaster waiting to happen.
The next child might not be so lucky. "You can't leave this kind of chaos going and just every morning roll the dice, close your eyes and hope everything comes up aces," David Funk said.
Councilman Sam Liccardo says he'll be pushing the Department of Transportation to put a crosswalk in at 2nd and Hedding.
He hopes it will happens sometime soon.