Boy crawls a quarter of a mile home after hit-and-run

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A 10-year-old boy had to crawl a quarter of a mile home after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in northwest Austin Friday afternoon.

Heather Brady says her son Caden Walsh showed up at the house with a big gash in his leg.

Walsh says he was walking home when the driver jumped onto the sidewalk and struck him. The impact pushed Walsh into a tree and he became disoriented. When he realized how much he was bleeding, he crawled back to his home.

All he remembers was that the vehicle that hit him was a dark-colored SUV.

“[I was] scared, I really didn’t know what was gonna happen, I’d never had an injury at a time that bad,” Walsh said. “I haven’t ever broken any bones, not nothing.”

Walsh’s stepfather Jay Brady recalled what happened when Walsh came in the door that day. Walsh thought he had lost his phone when he was hit and by 3:35, his stepdad was starting to wonder where he was.

Then there was a noise at the door.

“He’s down at the bottom of the stairs, his leg is just covered in blood, he probably has a ball pin hammer sized chunk of his leg missing, he’s just screaming blood-curdling screams,” Jay Brady recalled.

They rushed Walsh to the hospital. While he didn’t suffer any broken bones, he had to get stitches for his leg wound.

“He could have been dead on the side of the road because somebody just took off, because they didn’t care enough to even go check on him, they just took off, what kind of person does that?” asked Walsh’s mother, who is now making a plea to the public to find out who hit her son and left him on the side of the road. “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.”

“He’s doing OK, he’s in some pain. He decided to go to school today on crutches and everything,” Brady said.

Walsh can’t play football at recess now, and his parents aren’t allowing him to walk home from school.

Brady did go around to local businesses nearby and ask if they had surveillance footage, but none did. She is hoping that anyone in the area who might have seen something or have video of the hit-and-run will come forward. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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