4-year-old struck by car is improving in the hospital

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jan 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-26 22:59:56-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Gabriel Castillo Jr. was upgraded from critical to serious condition Monday at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital 36 hours after being struck by a car while sledding Saturday night.

And then on Monday night he was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into a regular hospital room.

Gabriel was hit while sledding at Richmond Park after his saucer veered off the hill and onto Richmond Street NW.  The car that struck him never stopped, but thanks to witnesses police quickly located the car they believed was involved in the hit-and-run.

They tracked down a green 1998 Buick to a residence in Walker and confiscated it to collect any evidence that may still be on the car.  The registered owner of the vehicle wasn't located.  Police say they are looking for two white men in their early 20s who were driving the vehicle at the time it struck Gabriel.

In addition to a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a concussion, Gabriel was diagnosed with kidney damage on Monday.  It was originally believed that that combined with spleen damage might require him to undergo a blood transfusion.

However, Monday night it was determined that Gabriel would not need a blood transfusion.

Gabriel's mother, Sarah Alflen, told us she's not mad at what happened, she understands it was an accident.  However, she doesn't understand why the drivers haven't come forward.