Three and a half months after he was struck by another motorist and dragged for a block, Aaron Horsley is back in school, sort of.

A teacher visits Horsley, a Hesperia High School senior, twice a week. On October 10, Horsley was driving an off-road bike on city streets, in defiance of city ordinance and was struck and dragged behind a pick-up truck for 200 yards. Horsley's family hopes he will be able to graduate with his classmates in May.

Things have been complicated by a staph infection Horsley came down with shortly before Thanksgiving.

"He's been on two major antibiotics that make him extremely nauseated and tired," his mother Marilyn said Tuesday. He will be seeing an infectious disease specialist early in February and, if he gets a clean bill of health, will no longer have to take the antibiotics.

But it's not all bad news: Horsley, who is paralyzed from the waist down, has some nerve function in his extremities.

"When you ask him to purposefully move his toes or feet, he can do it," Marilyn Horsley said. "He just can't feel it."

Meanwhile, the man accused of dragging Horsley beneath his white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, accused drug dealer Pedro Gaspar Tellado Oviedo, is still at large, and suspected of having left the state for Florida.

Horsley said the FBI has gotten involved in the case, taking Aaron's tissue samples from Oviedo's Silverado, laying the groundwork for an eventual prosecution.

If Oviedo is arrested, Aaron Horsley wants a face-to-face with the man accused of dragging him down Redwood Avenue.

"He says he would like to talk to the guy and ask him why he did it."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.