The life of a 16-year-old student in a Texas high school will likely never be the same after a speeding van struck him about a month ago. This was a hit-and-run incident, and law enforcement recently arrested the driver who was allegedly responsible. The arrest report indicates that an 18-year-old student from another high school caused the crash. Unfortunately, the victim may be left coping with a traumatic brain injury.
Police reports note that a witness saw the 16-year-old cross the street after pushing the crosswalk button. While he was in the crosswalk she saw the speeding van strike the pedestrian -- the impact reportedly propelled the victim through the air, and he landed more than 90 feet away. Upon his arrest, the driver reportedly told officers he drove his mother's van on that day. Although he apparently acknowledged that he knew he hit something, he was not sure what it was, and simply drove home.
Reportedly, the victim remains in the medically induced coma that was administered upon his arrival at the hospital. He suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured leg and arm, hairline fractured vertebrae, a broken rib, bruised lung and a brain injury. It is anticipated that he will soon be transferred to another facility for rehabilitation.
It is still unclear whether this young man suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion, but the long-term impact of his injuries will likely change his life. Any victim of an accident that resulted from another party's negligence may pursue recovery of damages through the civil judicial system of Texas. In most cases, proving negligence is challenging, and an experienced personal injury attorney is usually the best person to navigate a lawsuit.
Source: dallasnews.com, "Teen kept driving after minivan threw Keller theater student 93 feet, police say", Eline de Bruijn, April 11, 2017