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10-Year-Old Crawls a Quarter Mile for Help Following Hit-and-Run

A 10-year-old boy had to crawl about a quarter of a mile home for help after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in northwest Austin.

Mother Pleas for Public’s Help in Identifying Hit-and-Run Driver

According to KGNS, Caden Walsh was walking home when a driver jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and struck him. The impact from the collision threw Caden into a tree. Bloodied and disoriented, the boy began crawling home.

Jay Brady recalled finding his stepson at the bottom of their home’s stairs, screaming and covered in blood. “He probably has a ball pin hammer-sized chunk of his leg missing,” said Jay Brady. While Brady did not suffer any broken bones, his leg wound did require stitches.

Caden’s mother, Heather Brady, is calling on the public to assist in identifying the driver who struck her son and left him for dead.

“He could have been dead on the side of the road because somebody just took off, because they didn’t care enough to even check on him,” said Heather Brady. “What kind of person does that?”

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45-percent increase from 2015.
  • Pedestrian fatalities totaled 678 in 2016 – up an alarming 21.5 percent from the previous year.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2016, TxDOT estmates:
    • One person was killed every 2 hours and 20 minutes
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds


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