Grieving mother pleads for safety improvements at busy Cedar Park intersection
A grieving mother is pleading for the city of Cedar Park to improve safety at a busy intersection after her 8-year-old son and his one-year-old half-brother were killed in a crash.
Elijah Chaudhary and Daniel Chaudhary were killed in a crash on January 10 on FM 1431 and Walton Way.
It happened at approximately 3:35 p.m. just west of the intersection of Hwy 183 and West Whitestone Boulevard. Police say two men were likely racing when the driver of the pickup collided with the family.
As a result, Hayden Michael Hammer, 18, stands charged with racing causing death.
Now, Elijah's mother, Tansy Silva hopes changes will be made. "Sadly his time was cut too short," said Silva.
Thursday, Silva relived the horrific details of that deadly crash in front of Cedar Park City Council. Thursday was the first time Silva met Lisa Fuller. Fuller is the woman who helped pull Elijah from the wreckage and comforted him in his last moments.
"It's very surreal meeting her today because I already feel like I know her son," Fuller said.
"She was praying for him loudly, asking God to save him," Silva said. "But God had a different plan."
Fuller was at a traffic light waiting to turn right onto FM 1431 when she said she heard something that sent chills down her spine. She heard the driver of the truck that hit the family accelerate. "When I heard the acceleration it just threw me for a loop. I was like you don't hear that, you hear a screech and then a wreck. You don't hear an acceleration then a wreck. It was eerie to hear that," Fuller said.
Later on, it's what the investigation revealed that brought them all before city council Thursday. The two men arrested for causing the crash are suspected of drag racing.
"How can this be addressed in the community? That racing kills," Silva said before council.
Both Tansy and her husband Roland now have a mission. "There has to be something we can somehow do to make this result in a better outcome," Roland Silva said.
They hope to push city leaders to make safety improvements at the intersection. "They could change the signage they could change the timing of the yellow flashing light," Silva said.
The parents said if one life is saved it will be worth it. City leaders can't comment on the request because the criminal investigation is still open.