ORANGEVALE — Instead of enjoying the night with his friends, 16-year-old Ryan Mchale from Orangevale is fighting for his life.
His Woodcreek High School water polo teammates are praying Mchale pulls through after Roseville police said 18-year-old Adam Johnson from Loomis allegedly ran over him with a car Wednesday night.
“It was pretty devastating at first because we all love Ryan,” said friend Skyler Gregg.
Those close to Mchale say the two teens have been best friends since childhood. The Roseville Police Department says the accident doesn’t seem intentional.
“I don’t think there’s any fault for what happened, and we’re really pulling for both the kids,” said TJ Kay, Woodcreek Aquatics Club president.
According to police, Johnson was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he pulled out of Adam Baquera Park on Painted Desert Drive. That’s when police said Johnson’s car plowed into Mchale.
“It’s just one of those things where it just never seems real,” said friend Graham Heller.
Johnson is behind bars at the Placer County Jail. He’s charged with driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury. Mchale is still in critical condition after two surgeries, but loved ones are staying positive.
“I did hear from his dad today that he is improving,” said Kay.
In a statement, Woodcreek High School water polo coach Shane Welch said, “Ryan Mchale is a senior at Woodcreek High. He is the type of young man who is always smiling, laughing or making those around him do the same. He works for the city of Roseville as a lifeguard and swim instructor and he is always one of the most animated and fun teachers. He loves to play water polo both for his high school, Woodcreek, but also for the Sacramento Water Polo Club so he has made many friends all across the Sacramento area all whom will agree that Ryan is a goofy, happy, go lucky guy that will befriend any person he’s able to talk to. Ryan is still in critical condition following an accident he and one of his best friends were involved in late Wednesday night.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.