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Boy hit by truck is recovering after two surgeries

UPDATE 11:20 a.m. Friday: An Arroyo Grande teen has undergone two surgeries and is recovering at Stanford Hospital after being hit by a truck while walking home earlier this week.

Fourteen-year-old Garrett Steil was airlifted to the Bay Area hospital late Tuesday, a few hours after he was struck while walking home with his skateboard on the east shoulder of Valley Road near Sunrise Terrace.

According to a Facebook page set up by close family friends, Steil suffered facial fractures, a broken leg, torn spleen, and a torn aorta.

He had heart surgery Wednesday and surgery on his leg Thursday, said Dawn Zachmann, who has set up an account at Rabobank to help Steil’s parents, Scott Steil and Carrie Silva, cover expenses they’ll incur from staying in a hotel near the hospital, missing work, and other related costs.

“It’s really a sad situation,” Zachmann said. “But, he’s alive.”

According to the CHP, Steil was walking on Valley Road about 7:30 p.m. when he was hit by a 1994 Dodge pickup that was traveling north and veered onto the east shoulder of the road. Steil was first taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and later airlifted to Stanford, Zachmann said.

The driver of the pickup, Jerry Philipps, was not injured or cited. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, CHP officials said. More information about how the incident happened was not immediately available.

Zachmann is asking anyone who wants to get involved in a bake sale or other fundraising activities for Steil and his family to contact her at dawnzachmann@hotmail.com. Donations can be made to the “Dawn Zachmann/Garrett Steil Benefit” at any Rabobank.

Silva, Steil’s mother, posted an update on the “Help Garrett” Facebook page late Thursday: “As for us....we are coping as well as to be expected and are just extremely grateful for each and every one of you and feel so blessed to be surrounded by such an abundance of love and support. We are most importantly grateful that we have such a brave strong little man who continues to fight.”

Original story: A 14-year-old Arroyo Grande boy suffered major injuries Tuesday evening after he was hit by a vehicle while walking or riding a skateboard on Valley Road, according to the CHP.

The teen, who was not identified, was traveling south on the east shoulder of Valley Road near Sunrise Terrace about 7:30 p.m. when Jerry Philipps, heading north in a 1994 Dodge pickup, drove onto the east shoulder and struck the teen with the front end of the vehicle, according to a CHP news release.

The teen was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital with major injuries.

Philipps was not injured nor was he cited. The CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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