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Boy hit while delivering Mother’s Day gift speaks

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 12:10 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A 10-year-old Lufkin boy, who police say was hit by a car after sneaking out to buy a Mother’s Day gift, is now home recovering.

Diego Velasquez will be the first to tell you how much he appreciates and loves his mom.

“She’s been doing everything for me, and I love her a lot,” Diego said. “When I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she said ‘nothing,’ but I love my mom, so I got her something.”

On Mother’s Day, Diego said he snuck out of the house, without his mom knowing, and went to Chestnut Village nearby, to the Dollar General where he bought her favorite candy and a card that reads in part.

“Thinking of you on Mother’s Day and hoping it will bring a lot of special pleasures,” he read.

Police officers said when Diego was crossing the street to go home and deliver the gift, that’s when he was hit by a vehicle.

Diego’s family say he suffered an open, compound fracture and had surgery at a Houston hospital earlier this week.

“I’m good,” he said. “Maybe a little pain in my leg, but I’m fine.”

“It could have been worse like he just said I am grateful to God,” Diego’s mother Yanira Velasquez said. “In the moment of the accident, he said he asked God for help and he said God did help because he only injured his leg.”

Diego’s mom said as much as her son loves her, she loves him even more.

“Diego is a good kid and always gives me presents for my birthday,” she said. “He always surprises me when I have a birthday or on special days.”

The community has rallied around the family too; visiting Diego and raising more than $10,000 for his medical expenses.

“Thank you for all the kind comments and everything you guys have done for me,” Diego said. “You guys have really helped me in my life. I will never forget you guys.”

Lufkin Police say a husband and wife who witnessed the accident stopped to help. The Velasquez family said they hope to be able to meet them again.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle who hit Diego told officers he did not see him until it was too late, attempted to swerve but was unable to prevent an impact. Because the vehicle had the right of way, police say the driver will not be cited.

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