The driver of a car that struck a 12-year-old boy riding his bike near Dublin High School Wednesday morning said he was dropping off his granddaughter when he turned left and felt something strike his 2005 Honda.
In an interview with NBC Bay Area, 72-year-old Armisticio Gregorios of Dublin said he didn't immediately realize it was a teenager that he struck about 7:50 a.m., but when he realized it, he felt very shaken.
"I felt something go grr, grr under my car," he said, adding that two women told him to stop. "I jumped out of my car and saw this kid underneath."
Alameda County firefighters responded to the school following reports that a 15-year-old had hit by a car, though police then said the boy had been 12. Dublin Police Capt. Garrett Holmes said the boy was riding his bicycle on Village Parkway to Wells Middle School, and was hit while passing the center driveway to the high school parking lot. The boy was pinned underneath and dragged for about 50 feet until the driver stopped, Holmes said.
A spokesperson at the Dublin Unified School District Superintendent’s office said the boy was air-lifted from the high school football field and taken to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.
Gregorios, who was not arrested, said he saw the boy was conscious when he was taken away by stretcher.
"It was an accident," Gregorios said. "It was not intentional. Honestly, I didn't see him."
NBC Bay Area's Shawn Murphy contributed to this report.