A 2010 graduate of Mountain View High School was seriously injured early Sunday in Chico, Calif.
According to a Chico, Calif., Police Department bulletin, Tyler Burton, 21, was knocked to the pavement after being punched in the face. When police arrived, he was unconscious. He sustained “significant head trauma” and was sent to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, the bulletin said.
Burton’s friend since high school, Christina Van Delden, said she was told Burton accidentally bumped into someone, who then turned around and hit him.
A suspect, identified as Andres Rodriguez, 20, was later booked into the Butte County Jail in Oroville, Calif., on suspicion of assault, Chico police said.
Van Delden said Burton has had two surgeries to remove two different brain clots and is “doing really well now.” However, he’s not in the clear yet, she said.
She set up a Facebook page to keep people current on her friend’s condition. Anyone who would like to help pay Burton’s medical fees can donate at any Chase Bank branch.
Burton played football for Mountain View. He is going to Shasta College in Redding, Calif., where he is part of the football team’s starting lineup.