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Austin Police looking for suspect who struck child in hit-and-run crash

Austin Police are looking for a suspect that hit a child walking home from school on Friday and left the scene. (Photo: CBS Austin)

The Austin Police Department is looking for the public's help locating a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that injured an elementary school student last week.

APD says it happened on February 9 in northwest Austin in the 13000 block of Hymeadow Drive, south of Lake Creek Parkway.

A student from Forest North Elementary School was walking home around 3:30 p.m. when a vehicle left the roadway and hit him.

The vehicle left the scene without stopping to render aid to the boy.

According to police, the vehicle may be a red Chevrolet SUV with dark-tinted windows, but the victim was not certain.

Detectives are asking anyone that may have witnessed this crash or has any information to please contact the APD Highway Enforcement Command at (512) 974-5789.

10-year-old Caden Walsh sat in his home Tuesday playing video games with a bandage around his lower knee and ankle. He says he's feeling better, but his ankle still hurts.

Walsh explained how he jumped slightly out of the way when the SUV came off the roadway into the sidewalk. The vehicle then hit his leg. Walsh said if he didn't jump out of the way, it could've been worse. His dad Jay Brady said that's tough to think about.

"Scares the hell out of me you know," Brady said.

Walsh said after he was hit, he crawled the next quarter mile home on his hands and knees. “Really tough, tiring," Walsh said.

A Good Samaritan woman did stop to help, but Walsh didn't want her to carry him. Still he said he was thankful she was there because he was concerned the driver would've come back for him. "If that same car could’ve followed me and hit me again, no one would’ve been there," Walsh said.

Police and the family are looking for that Good Samaritan woman as well.

Both Brady and Walsh also want the hit and run driver found as well. “It makes me sick to know there’s somebody out there that they hit a kid," Brady said. “I want that person found and dealt with appropriately."

When neighbors heard Caden was hit on Hymeadow Drive near Lake Creek Parkway, many weren't surprised.

"It's dangerous, I wouldn't let my kids walk through there," said Amanda Cotter.

"People use (Hymeadow) to circumvent the traffic on 620 or 183 it's unfortunate but there's a lot of speed and a lot of short cutting through here," said Steven Capo.

Austin Police said since the beginning of the year there have been 1,025 hit-and-runs throughout Austin, 49 involving injury.

According to TxDOT, since 2010, there have been 42 crashes near the Hymeadow/Lake Creek intersection involving 117 people.


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