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Boy's parents take the stand in deportee DUI trial

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Ingrid Lake Ingrid Lake

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — The parents of a boy injured in a hit-and-run crash testified Tuesday at the trial of the man accused in the crash. 

Prosecutors say Constantino Banda was driving drunk when he hit a car carrying 6-year-old Lennox Lake. 

Banda is a Mexican citizen who had been deported several times before the crash.  

At the first day of trial Monday, Banda's defense attorney said her client wasn't behind the wheel May 6 in the crash that injured the boy.  

The defense attorney said it was the 39-year-old's friend who was the driver and she told jurors that the friend lied to police when he made a deal to testify against Banda in exchange for immunity.  

Prosecutors maintain it was Banda who was driving drunk when he sped through a stop sign on Dairy Mart Road and T-boned the Honda Accord taking

Lennox and his parents home from Disneyland. 

"I heard the screeching tires, I looked up and I saw the lights and the truck," said Ingrid Lake of the crash. 

Ingrid said she remembers dropping her phone, then frantically checking on her 6-year-old son. 

"Lennox wasn't breathing," she said. "I remember trying to help him and get him stable." 

That moment would change the Lake family's lives forever.  

Prosecutors say Constantino Banda was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. 

Banda, who is in the country illegally, fled the scene. 

Ingrid and her family were just coming back from Disneyland. 

"I said 'Lennox' and he said 'yeah' and then he just slumped over to his right side and I could see there was blood all over his head," Ingrid said. 

Lennox, who was sitting in a child safety seat in the back, suffered a major head injury. 

Ingrid said he hasn't been the same since the accident.  

Lennox can no longer do simple things like climb his bunk bed or play with his dog. 

"He can't go to the playground," said Ingrid. "For the first 8 weeks he was home, he couldn't run." 

Ingrid said Lennox also has nightmares.  

"He wakes up screaming and crying every night and ends up in our room," she said. 

The scars beyond the physical are taking a toll as the family struggles to hold onto to hope for little Lennox. 

"I try to kiss Lennox in the morning before I got to work," said Lennox's father Benjamin Lake. "I try to be strong for the family because we've got to keep going."  

The trial is set to continue Wednesday.  

Banda faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.  


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