Child struck by Heavenly bus still in serious condition |

Child struck by Heavenly bus still in serious condition

Christina Proctor

A 5-year-old boy who was struck by a bus in the parking lot of Heavenly Ski Resort’s Boulder Lodge was still in serious condition Tuesday.

Investigators said Ray Lopez of Southern California was following an adult relative in front of a Heavenly shuttle bus around 10:25 a.m. Monday when he was hit.

Witnesses told Nevada Highway Patrol investigators the shuttle’s driver was working outside of the bus and when he returned to the driver’s seat, he only saw an adult carrying skis. As the man passed the bus, the driver moved forward not realizing that Lopez was behind the adult. Investigators said the driver appeared normal and not impaired, but he couldn’t see Lopez because of the boy’s size.

Lopez was transported by Tahoe-Douglas paramedics to Barton Memorial Hospital and then airlifted by a helicopter to Washoe Medical Center. Lopez suffered a fractured right leg and possible pelvic and abdominal injuries.

Lopez was visiting South Shore with relatives while his parents were traveling from Southern California to Reno, investigators reported.

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