BOISE-- A 3-year-old boy who was hit by a car in front of his father's Boise home last month is making a fast recovery at St. Luke's Children's Hospital. His family said he is recovering from his broken bones and skull fractures.
Michael Coronado was hit by a car on July 16 on Alpine near Orchard. The family believes he followed his dad into the street when he was hit.
KTVB visited with Michael and his family in the pediatric unit of the hospital to get an update on his progress.
"Michael's doing really good," said Michael's mother, Angelina Tapia. "He came out of his recovery speedier than what we thought. He's just doing awesome."
Not only is Michael speeding through recovery, he is speeding through the halls of the hospital, walking with the help of a tiny walker and under his mother's watchful eye.
"With his spirit, he's a fighter and everything," Tapia said. "He's always been determined. That's his personality."
Michael's family said in the past few weeks he's had to learn to breathe, swallow, eat and walk all over again.
"He had to relearn things all over again," Tapia said. "It was hard for him especially, and hard for me to watch it since I've already seen him do all that stuff and I had to re-watch it again."
In the next week, Michael's mother said he should be released to a rehabilitation hospital. After just a couple weeks there, he should be back home.
Through the toddler's story, Michael's family hopes an important message is heard: Drive slowly and watch out for kids. Both his family and witnesses said they believe the driver that hit Michael had been speeding.
"Watch out for kids because they do run," Tapia said. "It's not like we're parents not watching them. They do run. I hope people take his story into consideration and drive safely."
Another message the family has to the staff at St. Luke's and everyone in the community who sent prayers and donations: A big thank you.
Boise Police say they are still investigating the accident.