CONCORD -- The family of a 14-year-old Concord boy hit by a car as he walked to basketball practice said Tuesday that doctors have indicated the teen will make a full recovery.
Joey Hornsby remained in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Oakland, where he was transferred from John Muir Medical Center after the 1:25 p.m. collision on Monday. Hornsby was in the crosswalk on Solano Way at Grant Street when he was hit by a Toyota Scion xA sedan, police said.
The driver stopped and cooperated with officers, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
"He's doing real well," said Joey's father, William Hornsby, on Tuesday. "Initially, they thought he had major internal injuries and a broken ankle, but they did an MRI and none of his bones are broken, and he's OK inside."
Joey Hornsby remains in a medically induced coma after doctors removed an abscess from his brain. William Hornsby said Joey was suffering from headaches in the weeks before the wreck, and that doctors removed the abscess and induced the coma for recovery.
Joey was en route to practice with the Mt. Diablo High School freshman team, which played its scheduled game Tuesday at Clayton Valley Charter High after receiving the hopeful news earlier.
—It's been a difficult couple of days, and we're going to miss having him out there. But we're encouraged that he's going to make a full recovery," Red Devils coach Ryan Leuschen said before the game. "We're
Leuschen said Hornsby is the team's 3-point specialist and handles the ball quite a bit. "We're gonna have our hands full without him," Leuschen said.
Shortly before the game's opening tip, Leuschen gathered his players and staff in a circle, where they linked arms. After Leuschen spoke silently for several seconds, they gathered even closer and shouted their motivation to the entire gym.
"One, two, three," they bellowed, "Joey!"
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