DAPHNE, Alabama — Daniel DiNardi died Monday night of injuries he sustained Thursday when the 14-year-old was run over by a garbage truck while riding a bicycle, hospital officials said.
Earlier in the day, his mother expressed the difficulty of his fight in a telephone interview from the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.
Daniel’s heart had stopped several times since the accident, Paula DiNardi said. His kidneys started failing a few days ago, requiring dialysis. His breathing had become extremely difficult and labored, she said.
Daniel, a Daphne Middle School student, was riding home from a summer-school program on Thursday when he was struck shortly after noon by a Waste Management garbage truck at the intersection of Baldwin County highways 13 and 64.
The triple-axle truck’s rear tires rolled over and crushed much of the boy’s body. He suffered head trauma, a shattered pelvis, a lacerated liver and a ruptured spleen, and was put on a respirator.
A Facebook page appeared late Thursday that gave people a place to post updates and be part of a prayer chain for the teenager. On Monday night numerous Facebook users expressed their condolences to the family.
One post also called on people to pray for the driver of the truck who struck Daniel accidentally.
Over 21,000 people had visited the page, according to Facebook data.
Friends and family members held a candlelight vigil to pray for the injured teenager Sunday evening at Daphne High School