A hero dad who saved his son from a hit-and-run driver in a Phoenix neighborhood is still in a coma

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - David Espinoza and his 5-year-old son Aiden are extremely close. “He's what every son's dream of a dad would be," David’s dad, David Espinoza Sr. said.

David Jr.’s mom, Trinity, says that on May 28, he was taking Aiden on a walk to the park near Broadway and 24th Street, something they do every morning. Phoenix Police say a car came up and hit David from behind. Before he fell to the ground, he pushed Aiden out of the way. The boy was unhurt. The car took off.

“It doesn't surprise me at all,” Trinity said. “If you knew him as a father and how devoted he is to his family, how much he loves his son, it wouldn't surprise you at all."

David, though, has broken ankles, a fractured face and skull, and is currently in a coma. “It's something that a father would never want to see his son do, or go through. It's hard to see him like that,” David Sr. said.

While the area where the hit-and-run happened is by no means a busy place, police say a security camera nearby captured video of the suspect’s car. They describe it as a gray Honda Civic from the early 2000s. It kept right on going after hitting David.

As the Espinozas wait for David to wake up, they got a special visit from the Phoenix firefighters who responded to the accident. They dropped off groceries for David’s wife and son, and let Aiden sit in the fire truck. “It's very comforting to have so much support from the community," Trinity said.

Meanwhile, Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa say Aiden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the awful accident. “I don't think he realizes. He knows what happened, he knows his daddy got hurt, and that he's trying to get better. I think that's all he knows,” David Sr. said.

“David would gladly take what he's going through right now if he knew for sure that Aiden was safe,” Trinity said.

Police have no description for the driver of the hit-and-run car, so they’re asking for help. Anyone who has information can give the department a tip by calling 480-WITNESS.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for David’s hospital visit.

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