Driving safely is immensely important. When you get behind a wheel of car, you are taking not only your life, but also the lives of those around you, in your hands.
Sometimes accidents happen, and it’s important to take responsibility for the consequences of those accidents. Unfortunately, more often then you’d think, people do not take responsibility for those accidents.
On Friday, Feb. 9 in Austin, Texas, Caden Walsh was walking home from school. At 10 years old, he made the half-mile trek every day during the week.
He was waiting on the corner by the Post Office and saw a car speeding toward him. He tried to get out of the way, but he wasn’t fast enough.
Walsh, bleeding profusely from his leg, crawled a quarter of a mile home and lay at the bottom of the steps up to his house, and his step-dad, Jay Brady, found him screaming.
The young boy remembers the incident well: “[I was] scared, I really didn’t know what was gonna happen, I’d never had an injury at a time that bad. I haven’t ever broken any bones, not nothing.”
Walsh received stitches at the hospital for the large incision that tore open his leg, and is currently on crutches.
Brady commented, “He’s down at the bottom of the stairs, his leg is just covered in blood, he probably has a ball peen hammer sized chunk of his leg missing, he’s just screaming blood-curdling screams.” This is a horrific event no parent ever wants to witness.
Walsh bravely made the decision to return to school on his crutches. But he is not able to walk home from school like normal.
Walsh and his family reached out to local businesses to see if they had security footage, but unfortunately none did of the exterior. All Walsh remembers of the vehicle is that it was a dark-colored SUV.
He has mercifully bounced back from the accident, but is still really scared.
Walsh will miss out on recess until he recovers. Parents of other local kids at school are understandably worried about their children’s safety.
Heather Brady, Walsh’s mother, made an impassioned call to the public.
“He could have been dead on the side of the road because somebody just took off,” she said, “because they didn’t care enough to even go check on him, they just took off, what kind of person does that?
“Somebody out there knows something and we just want that person to come forward so we can get justice for our 10-year-old son.”
Hopefully this family will be able to find out who committed this callous act so that they can get some closure.
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