Vista boy, 2, hit by drunk driver leaves hospital

VISTA, Calif. (AP) – A 2-year-old San Diego County boy who was badly injured by a teenage drunken driver has gone home after a seven-month hospital stay.

Izaiah Wallis of Vista was released on Tuesday but will continue to need 24-hour care.

Family spokeswoman Linda Van Kessler tells the North County Times that the boy is partially blind, breathes through a tube and is paralyzed from the chest down.

A fund has been set up to help the family with medical and living costs.

Izaiah was in a stroller pushed by his grandfather when an SUV driven by a drunk, unlicensed 17-year-old hit the pair on Oct. 18.

Under state law, the teen was tried as a juvenile. He received the maximum sentence of 480 days in custody.

Information from: North County Times, http://www.nctimes.com

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