Hit-and-run driver injured Austin elementary school boy, family says


Austin police are looking for a motorist who hit a 10-year-old boy as he walked home from his Northwest Austin elementary school Friday afternoon, the boy’s mother said Monday.

Caden Walsh was walking down Hymeadow Drive, just south of Lake Creek Parkway, when the driver of a dark-colored SUV veered onto the sidewalk, said Walsh’s mother, Heather Brady. Walsh jumped out of the way, but not before the vehicle caught him on the leg.

“Then they took off. ... They didn't know if he was dead or alive, and they just left him there,” Brady said.

Walsh, whose leg was bleeding badly, crawled and hobbled away until a good Samaritan stopped and walked him home, Brady said. Walsh’s father took him to the hospital, where he had to get 10 stitches in his leg.

“There was a big chunk taken out of his leg,” Brady said. “He was bleeding profusely.”

Walsh, a Forest North Elementary School fifth-grader, was hit sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. There are no security cameras in the area, Brady said.

Walsh and his parents spoke to Austin police about the incident, and police have opened a case, she said. 

“He's on crutches now, but he's in good spirits,” Brady said of her son. “He's a trooper.”

Anyone who knows who hit Walsh is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the anonymous tip is the first to lead to the driver’s arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or through the “P3 Tips” phone app. 

Correction: This story has been updated to correctly explain the actions of the good Samaritan. 


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