PARKER, Colo. -- An 12-year-old boy hit by a driver who took off, leaving him seriously injured in the street last week, continues to recover.
And Colton Love has received a slew of support.
On Wednesday, classmates held a bake sale at Stonegate Community Center to raise money for his medical costs.
“There was a boy that was hit by a car,” says Colton’s friend and classmate Jack.
There were cookies, cupcakes and doughnuts. But nothing as sweet as the community’s support of Love.
“We are selling lot of stuff here to help him and our goal is $500,” classmate Lauren said.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. I thought my son was dead in the road,” said Alison Love, Colton’s mom.
She recounts July 25, when the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said 49-year-old Kimberley Miller hit the child as he walked in the bike lane near his home at Stonegate Parkway and Creekview Drive in unincorporated Douglas County and sped away.
She later denied having any part in the crime.
“It’s been a rough eight days. He’s had a lot of questions -- not so much about his health or injuries, but about the dignity of people. Why this happened? And why someone would leave the scene of an accident?” Alison Love said.
It’s something Colton’s classmates can’t understand either.
“I feel angry. I am angry at her. That’s wrong. She shouldn’t have done that. She should have stayed to see if he was OK,” Lauren said.
But they hope their big hearts go a long way to help a friend’s head injury.
“It’s from his fractured skull and brain bleed. There are only certain toys he can play with because of his concussion. So they are very expensive. So that’s why we are doing this. So he’s not lying in bed all day,” Colton’s friend Luke said.
“There are some unknowns still. But we are very fortunate he was able to walk and talk and be here,” Alison Love said.
“We just hope Colton gets better soon,” Jack said.
The fundraiser met the goal of $500 in the first 40 minutes. In all, $2,053 was raised.
One of the moms who helped the kids organize the event said local businesses donated $2,500 in food. Another fundraiser continues on GoFundMe.
Miller is due in court on Aug. 25.