EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A community is praying for a little boy who was hit by a car while riding his bike, but the child is barely holding on.
Witnesses say it happened as fast as you can count to three. The 8-year-old on the bike veered out into traffic, and was hit head-on by a car.
"He was bleeding through his head, and he looked dazed," said Nate Quintero, victim's friend.
Paul Gronda, 52, was arrested for driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance.
Young faces stood with their bikes, staring at the spot in the street where their 8-year-old friend was hit.
"After I was out there for a long time I went inside and prayed for him that he get better," said Nate. "He is like my little brother."
The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Nate says his curfew is at 8 p.m., or he might have been with his friend when he got hit.
"I was riding bikes with him," Nate said, "and a few hours later he got hit by the car."
"What's going through your mind," asked News 8's Bob Wilson.
"I am devastated right now, I still can't believe what happened," Nate said. "I was at school and I thought about it the whole time, I couldn't focus in class."
Police are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation and are looking at all factors. Nate says it's a busy street, packed with cars and people.
"I try to help out the other kids too," Nate said, "like when they go in the street I try and get them out of the street because it's not good to be in the street with all of these people speeding."
As his 8-year-old friend is in the ICU on life support, he has a message for him.
"If he was watching...I love you and miss you and you are like my little brother," Nate said. "I hope you get better."
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