A 13-year-old Modesto boy remained in critical condition Thursday at a Sacramento hospital after he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening as he rode a bicycle in a north Mo- desto neighborhood, police said.
Raymond Reyes suffered severe head injuries and was being treated at the University of California at Davis Medical Center, said his father, Santos Reyes. He said his son's condition had stabilized and appeared to improve Thursday.
"He's talking a little, but he's not out of danger yet," said Santos Reyes.
Craig Nelson, 23, of Modesto, was driving a Jeep Cherokee that hit the boy on the bicycle near Northampton and Bellwood lanes, in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood just north of Sylvan Avenue, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a Modesto police spokesman.
The boy was riding his bike without a helmet, which is required for those under the age of 18, Gundlach said.
Police knew few details about the circumstances that led to the collision. Gundlach said the front end of the sport utility vehicle struck the boy. He said the boy's head hit the ground after the impact's force threw him about 15 feet.
Gundlach said Modesto police officers at the scene suspected Nelson might have been impaired by prescription medication during the collision.
Officers had Doctors Medical Center staff draw blood from Nelson for a toxicology test, and investigators were awaiting results, Gundlach said. Nelson was not arrested.