ROCKLIN -- Hundreds of people came out to Mod Pizza in Rocklin Thursday night for a fundraiser benefitting 16-year-old Ryan Mchale of Orangevale, who is in critical condition after being run over by a car on November 2.
Mod Pizza donated 50 percent of the proceeds from Thursday night's sales to McHale's medical expenses.
"His energy is just intoxicating and people came out to support him and it's lovely to see. It really is," Mod Pizza General Manager Justin Bigelow said.
The popular Woodcreek High School water polo player remains hospitalized after the incident that police believe was unintentional.
Roseville police told FOX40 that McHale's 18-year-old friend, Adam Johnson was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he ran him over while pulling out of Adam Baquera Park on Painted Desert Drive in Roseville. Johnson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury.
"From what I've heard the doctors have hope that he's gonna pull through and he's a very strong kid. I've known him for years and I, I believe he'll make it," Mchale's friend Eric Teiss said.
Ryan's father left his bedside Thursday to come to the fundraiser.
"The doctors say it's going to be a slow process. He's been improving, better than the first day. But he's still in a coma," Ryan's dad Scott Mchale said.
Scott wanted to thank everyone who came out to support his son.
"He means a lot to me too. I can't wait to hug him again and tell him that," Scott said.
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