CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A teen hit by a truck Monday in Cape Coral is making a recovery. Connor Fields was riding his bike, near Southwest 20th Avenue, when police say, he veered out of an empty lot, into the path of a truck and trailer.
Only WINK News talked to the teen's mom. Dawn Fields is by his side while he recovers at a Tampa hospital from life-threatening head injuries. She spoke to WINK News over the phone from the hospital, and says the doctors removed her son's breathing tube today.
The family also runs a haunted house food drive every Halloween, and even though they are dealing with his recovery, they still want people to donate.
Dawn Fields says her son is a fighter. She remains by his side at Tampa General Hospital as the 13 year old recovers from a life threatening head injury
"He's doing as well as can be expected at the moment. He's responding to commands.The doctors explained he is on the right track, and we are hoping he continues to stay that way," Fields said.
Around 5:45 Monday evening, police say Connor on his bicycle, veered out of an empty lot and collided with a truck pulling a trailer on Southwest 20th Avenue, near Veteran's Memorial Parkway. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.
"I looked on the news and I'm like oh god, it is a child," said one neighbor.
Neighbors say Southwest 20th Avenue is very dangerous, with no sidewalks. Parents fear their children could be killed walking to school, and hope the city takes notice. "We hope they do something, anything because I don't want my daughter to die," said resident Sonia Hirsch.
Connor's home is down the street. Every year, the family hosts a Halloween food drive.
Because of Connor's injuries. the family isn't sure if they'll be able to do that this year, but is still asking for community support in his honor. "If we can extend that kindness further, we would certainly be grateful if they would bring non-perishable food items to the house," said Fields.
The family says all of the non-perishable food items will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
They are thankful for all the support they've received from the community as Connor makes his recovery.