The father of a Lincoln boy hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike to school in 2014 has sued the man who went to prison for it.

Dan Walker sued Jared St Louis for the $165,000 in medical bills that have added up so far to treat his son, Dominic, after St Louis struck him with his pickup in a crosswalk at 48th and Vine streets on Oct. 1, 2014.

A witness followed St Louis after he left the scene, and police found the boy's bike wedged under his 2000 GMC Sierra. A blood test showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.198 percent, nearly 2½ times the legal limit to drive.

Dominic was 11 at the time.

St Louis, now 28, got eight to 12 years in prison for leaving the scene of an injury accident that caused serious bodily injury and DUI. He pleaded no contest and isn't eligible for parole until next May.

In 2015, Walker said his son had rebounded physically, but he had developmental issues as a result of being hit.

In the lawsuit filed this week in Lancaster County District Court, Walker's attorney, Gregory Coffey, said the crash left the boy with bruises on his brain and left lung, a concussion, brain swelling, a broken rib and pelvis and a spleen injury, among other things.

Coffey said the boy has permanent injuries and is partially disabled.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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