Vigil Continues for Comatose El Toro Runner


A young cross-country runner remained in critical but stable condition Monday, three days after he was injured in an car accident involving three of his teammates and the driver of another car.

Still comatose but holding his own at Western Medical Center was Tomas Mejia, 16, a student at El Toro High School.

He and his teammates had left a cross-country practice Friday when their car collided with a Chevrolet Impala at Toledo Way and Ridge Route in Lake Forest. One of the other boys suffered broken bones and a third required facial surgery as a result of the accident. The fourth boy, as well as the driver of the Impala, sustained only minor injuries.

On Monday, friends and family members continued a hospital vigil that began last week for Mejia, one of the stars of his school’s cross-country team.


“The vital signs are stable and that’s a good sign,” Rick Hagin, the boys’ coach, said.