The parents of a young Philadelphia Phillies fan who was struck and critically injured by a drunken driver after a game against the Giants last summer said Wednesday their son has been locked in a prison of pain since the incident.
Andrew Vargas, 22, of Hayward was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and five years of probation as part of a plea deal approved by the family of Ryan White, who is now 10, prosecutor Omid Talai said. Vargas apologized to the family in court Wednesday.
In a statement made through Talai on Wednesday, White’s parents, Ken and Roseanne, thanked Vargas for apologizing and accepting responsibility, but said they have not forgiven him.
The Whites said they could not attend Wednesday’s sentencing as their son is headed to his fourth surgery Friday. The child has suffered “excruciating pain” since the incident, they said.
“You are incarcerated because of your actions, but Ryan is also incarcerated because of your actions,” their statement said.
Vargas, a California State University East Bay graduate, struck White at New Montgomery and Mission streets at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 4. He then struck several parked vehicles before driving back to Hayward, where he was arrested.
A trust fund has been established to help with costs associated with Ryan’s recovery, which exceed “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Donations can be mailed to Ryan White Trust, P.O. Box 562, Langhorne, PA 19047.
— Mike Aldax