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.
Record-breaking temperatures and near-zero humidity are on tap Monday for San Diego County, while gusty Santa Ana winds will rake much of the county west of the mountains.
Dozens of schools in the San Diego Unified School District will be on minimum-day schedules Monday due to forecasted high temperatures, the district said Sunday.
A group of Scripps Ranch residents, some of whom lost homes in the 2003 Cedar Fire, assembled care packages Sunday for survivors of the deadly blazes in Northern California.
Emotions are still raw for many who went through the 2007 fires in San Diego County and lost homes or loved ones.
Firefighters put out a small fire north of the El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside and sheriff's deputies were securing the scene where a small plane crashed, authorities said Sunday.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
San Diego sports fans were saddened when the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park closed its doors last summer. But those who have dried their tears can open their pocketbooks and bid on sports memorabilia items that were on display at the hall.
A fire broke out in the garage of a home in San Diego's Carmel Valley neighborhood, displacing four people, authorities said Thursday.