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Driver of the car is cooperating with the police investigation after Oct. 5 incident

COURTESY PHOTO: ASHLEY MANTEIGA - Liam Manteiga faces skin graft surgeries for third-degree burns he suffered last week.

An 8-year-old Madras boy will undergo skin graft surgeries next week for third-degree burns and lacerations up and down his body after being dragged 20 feet by a car.

Madras Police reported that at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 the boy was riding a non-motorized kick scooter near the road and crashed onto Strawberry Lane in the lane of traffic.

At the same time, a car going south on 'J' Street turned left onto Strawberry Lane and struck the child.

The police report says the car ran over the boy and dragged him approximately 20 feet.

Witnesses ran to the aid of the child and partially lifted the front of the car so he could be removed from underneath.

The child received injuries from being struck, dragged and burned by the heat of the car.

COURTESY PHOTO: MADRAS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police say the car that hit an 8-year-old boy on Strawberry Lane in Madras dragged him for about 20 feet. Witnesses partially lifted the car so he could be removed from underneath. He was flown to St. Charles Bend for treatment of his injuries.The driver of the car, Irma Quiroz, 24, is cooperating with police. Witnesses say Quiroz was driving at a low speed. Police cited Quiroz for not having an operator's license.

The boy, Liam Manteiga, was transported to St. Charles Madras and later flown to St. Charles Bend for treatment.

His mother, Ashley Manteiga, said she transported Liam to a burn center in Portland the following day. Because his wounds were so severe, doctors decided to hospitalize him for a few days. He was able to come home Sunday. He will soon return to the burn center, where he will undergo skin graft surgeries.

"He's doing really good," Ashley said Monday afternoon. "Right, now he's tolerating the pain a little bit more."

Liam is a student at Buff Elementary School in Madras.

A GoFundMe online fundraising account has been established to benefit the family. Search "Medical bills for sweet and strong little Liam" to make a donation.

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