Ryan White Continues Slow Progress: Hospital - NBC Bay Area

Ryan White Continues Slow Progress: Hospital



    Ryan White's hit and run the other night after the ballgame has pedestrian safety advocates talking about keeping streets safe. (Published Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011)

    A 9-year-old boy who was injured during a hit-and-run in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood Thursday remains in critical condition, according to a San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman.

    Ryan White's condition is making slow progress to recovery, the hospital spokeswoman said. White's family asked for privacy, so the hospital will only give one word condition updates from now on.

    Hayward resident Andrew Vargas, 21, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence in connection with the incident, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

    Ryan was walking ahead of a family member while crossing Mission Street around 10:30 p.m. when he was struck by a white pickup truck turning left onto Mission Street. The truck had been driving north on New Montgomery Street, which is a one-way southbound street, police said.

    Vargas allegedly didn't stop after hitting Ryan, and continued west on Mission Street before hitting numerous other cars. He then drove onto a nearby highway, police said.

    Vargas was stopped in Hayward around 11:30 p.m. after his pickup was spotted by local police.

    Witnesses identified him and his truck as those involved in the hit-and-run, and a preliminary screening indicated his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, Dangerfield said.