Students gathered Wednesday to support a high school band teacher who was nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana.
Christopher Chavez, a drum line instructor at Saddleback High School, was in critical condition after he was struck by a car while walking near the intersection of Bristol Street and Central Avenue.
A family member told NBC4 that Chavez sustained two broken legs, a broken arm, a broken shoulder, and blood in his brain.
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Members of the high school band showed up at the hospital where Chavez was being treated.
"I'm just completely shocked. What kind of person would do such a thing to such a kind man like him," said Fabian Alonso, a student at Saddleback High School.
Chavez' aunt Patricia Martinez urged the hit-and-run driver to find authorities.
"Just turn yourself in. This has got to be eating at your conscience as to what you did to this man," Martinez said.
A detective was expected to be assigned to the case next week.
You can contribute to help with Chavez's medical expenses at this GoFundMe.