Parker

'He's definitely kind of a walking miracle'

Classmates and neighbors raise money for hit-and-run victim

Posted 8/2/17

It's a little ironic that on Aug. 2 Stonegate resident Colton Love was the recipient of an outpouring of community support centered around a table full of baked goods and lemonade.

Love, 11, was going to a friend's lemonade stand on July 25 to …

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Parker

'He's definitely kind of a walking miracle'

Classmates and neighbors raise money for hit-and-run victim

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It's a little ironic that on Aug. 2 Stonegate resident Colton Love was the recipient of an outpouring of community support centered around a table full of baked goods and lemonade.

Love, 11, was going to a friend's lemonade stand on July 25 to support a school athletics program when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, leaving him with a skull fracture and a severe concussion.

Eight days later, Colton was at the Stonegate Community Center with his classmates from North Star Academy and their parents as they sold treats, lemonade and collected donations to help Colton and his parents, Alison and Matthew, pay for his recovery. The sale raised $2,053 to help with expenses related to Colton's recovery, which is expected to last between six and 12 months. A GoFundMe page, Colton's Recovery, has raised an additional $7,760.

“He's definitely kind of a walking miracle,” Alison said. “In a way it's hard not to feel a tinge of guilt... You read about all of the other hit-and-run victims around the area that don't have this kind of support.”

Details surrounding the incident are scarce, and Alison said even she isn't sure how it occurred.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Stonegate resident Kimberley Miller, 49, allegedly struck Colton with her SUV around 11:30 a.m. on July 25, then left the scene, leading to a nine-hour search for the vehicle. She was arrested at approximately 9:20 p.m. that evening and booked into the Douglas County jail on charges including careless operation of a vehicle resulting in bodily injury and failure to remain on scene.

The officer who made the arrest and led the investigation that day, Sheriff's Deputy Felix Claudio, was at the bake sale. After shaking checking in with Colton and his parents, Claudio picked up a few goodies and remarked on the remarkable recovery the boy has already made.

“Rubber and magic,” Claudio said. “That's all I can say, that's what he's made of.”

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe account, go to: gofundme.com/46m0lh4.

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