LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities have arrested a man who allegedly drove a motorcycle that struck and severely injured a 13-year-old boy in Boyle Heights.
Erwin Majano was taken into custody early Tuesday morning in connection with the March 30 hit-and-run that left Joshua Mora with a severed leg, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officials planned a Thursday morning news conference at LAPD headquarters to discuss the case.
Majano, a 29-year-old Banning resident, was arrested during a joint operation between the Los Angeles and Banning police departments, according to NBC4, which reported that Majano was being held on $50,000 bail.
Mora was struck by a motorcycle as he crossed Whittier Boulevard.
"I was in the middle, basically," Mora told NBC4. "That's when I heard the motorcyclist coming in fast. I tried to get out of the way so he wouldn't hit me, and it turns out he took my whole leg."
People on the scene helped him until the paramedics arrived. The teen was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent several surgeries. Mora said he is thankful to be alive.
"I'm just thinking about the good things, like me having my family and everything," he said.
A Gofundme account to help pay Mora's medical expenses had raised more than $37,000 as of Wednesday, and can be found at gofundme.com/f/joshua- moras-medical-expenses.