Delta teen in coma after being struck
By Pat Sunderland
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016 7:53 am
Brandon Flores, a Delta High School sophomore, remains in a coma at Children's Hospital after being struck while riding his bike. The accident occurred near the intersection of I and 1600 roads, in North Delta, at about 6:44 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
A family member called from Denver Monday with an update on Brandon's condition. Brandon, 15, was reportedly struck by an elderly couple in a white truck, who pulled over and called for help. Brandon was transported by ambulance to Delta County Memorial Hospital, then almost immediately airlifted to Children's Hospital in Denver.
Suffering from severe brain trauma, Brandon has had three head surgeries.
Due to the buildup of fluid in his brain, a tube has been inserted to relieve the pressure. Because the brain injury is so severe, any other injuries have yet to be evaluated.
Family members report he's been taken off the medications that were administered to induce the coma, but Brandon has not regained consciousness and is not able to talk.
At Delta High School, Flores participates in football, wrestling and track. To stay in shape, he ran from his house to the Delta Trap Club and back every other day. On intervening days, he rode his bike.
His classmates put together a video with words of support and encouragement. It was posted on the Delta High School Facebook page and shared with his appreciative family. In addition to prayers, the family welcomes donations on Brandon's gofundme.com page, located by searching "brandon's recovery & medicalbills" or typing in https://www.gofundme.com/28f8nknc.
Jamie Head, spokesperson for the Delta Police Department, confirms that a juvenile was seriously injured in an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian/bicyclist on April 24. Neither the juvenile nor the driver of the truck has been identified by the police department. The investigation is ongoing, Head said. Anyone who witnessed the accident itself or was in the immediate area just prior to after the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Birely or Detective Reece at 970-874-7676.