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Friend of DUI driver reaches out to Baby Izaiah's family

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VISTA (CBS 8) - A close friend of the 17-year-old drunk driver who plowed into 20-month-old Izaiah Wallis is reaching out to the baby's parents, and bravely speaking out on the dangers of getting behind the wheel when under the influence.

"I'm sorry for everything that happened, you know," said Eddie Cazares, a good friend of the teen-aged boy who struck and seriously injured the toddler, while driving drunk and high on marijuana in October.

"If you're drinking, or high, you shouldn't be behind the wheel, because things can happen," Cazares told News 8.

While Cazares was not involved in the accident, the Rancho Buena Vista High junior says he has been significantly impacted by its aftermath.

"The poor baby... it was innocent," Cazares said. "It just got to me... I was speechless."

Baby Izaiah's grandfather was pushing the toddler in his stroller in Oceanside the morning of October 18th, when the underage driver lost control and plowed into both of them, leaving the baby partially blind, brain-damaged and paralyzed..

"He can't move at all, he cannot speak, and he has a tracheotomy," said Linda Van Kessler, who helps runs Passion 4 K.I.D.S., a local non-profit raising funds for Izaiah's care. "He cries in pain and you can't hear him cry."

That medical care is currently running as much as $30,000 per day at Rady Children's Hospital.

"The bill is over a million dollars already, and mounting every day," Van Kessler added.

Cazares' family is planning on helping out, and Eddie says he wants to meet Izaiah's parents face-to-face.

"They should have faith, have faith in God," Cazares said. "Have faith that the baby will come through and everything should be all right. I know I pray for that little boy."

Speaking at a fundraiser for baby Izaiah earlier this week, Izaiah's parents say they welcome the support from the driver's friend.

"As his friend, I think it's great he's coming here and showing us his support, because it shows that he's on our side," said Lucy Verde, Izaiah's mother.

Baby Izaiah's parents are also pushing for "Izaiah's Law," which would make felony DUI leading to death or significant injury a crime that a juvenile could be tried as an adult.

If you would like to make a donation to Baby Izaiah's care, or to sign on-line petition backing "Izaiah's Law," go to




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