Boy Hit by Car While Looking at Christmas Lights in Ocean Beach Released from Hospital

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Caleb de Leon in wheelchair with leg in a cast being released from a hospital. Screen capture from 7SanDiego.

The 7-year-old boy seriously injured by a car Tuesday night while looking at Christmas lights with his family in Ocean Beach has been released from the hospital.

Caleb De Leon is in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast now but as of Wednesday, he’s back with his relatives. But he has a metal bar and pins in his leg bone and faces a good period of physical therapy and recovery.

Caleb was visiting San Diego relatives with his family from Arkansas when he was hit by a car on the 4700 block of Newport Avenue just after he had stepped off the curb.

7San Diego has been covering the story and they report:

Despite his injuries, [Caleb] still had the strength to crawl to the side of the road.

“I saw him crawling over to the car that was parked in front of me and he just looked up at me and said “I’m OK, thank the lord, I’m OK,” Caleb’s father Daniel said. Daniel said he ran to Caleb and saw a bone in his leg sticking out through his skin.

“I look down and see the tibia is sticking out of his leg,” Daniel said. “I remember falling to my knees and holding his face so he wouldn’t look down. I told him ‘You’re amazing, you’re a champion, you’re going to get through this.'”

The Christmas light displays Calab’s family was looking at cover multiple houses on the south side of that block of Newport and are quite fascinating to watch, as this reporter did just last night (Wednesday).

Yet “fascinating” is a weak term, as the displays light up the night sky with computerized symbols bigger than a house. Some may say, ‘over the top’ type of garish light show. But others would disagree. But you can see why kids would stare in wonder on that block.

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