SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A young boy who was injured in a hit-and-run crash in San Ysidro has opened his eyes from his hospital bed.
Doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that Lennox will make a full recovery.
Six-year-old Lennox Lake and his parents were on their way home from Disneyland last Saturday when they were hit by a truck driven by Constantino Banda-Acosta.
Thirty-eight-year-old Banda-Acosta is suspected of driving drunk, running through a stop sign and then crashing his truck into the family's car, seriously injuring Lennox.
Banda-Acosta fled the scene but was arrested about a half-hour later, police said.
He has been deported to Mexico 15 times according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was last deported in January with at least 14 prior cases since 2002.
Banda-Acosta pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges and was ordered held on $230,000 bail. He is charged with hit-and-run causing permanent injury, DUI causing great bodily injury and driving without a license.
He faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Chandler.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lennox and his family with medical expenses.
Banda, who will be back in court May 18 for a readiness conference and May 23 for a preliminary hearing, faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Chandler.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.