Hit-and-Run Victim Released from Hospital

12-year-old struck in Richardson now in rehab facility

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    A 12-year-old boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Richardson last month is recovering at a rehabilitation facility. (Published Monday, Aug 29, 2011)

    Family members confirm that the 12-year-old victim of a hit-and-run crash in Richardson has been released from the hospital. 

    Officers said Devin Byrd was riding his go-kart when 62-year-old Elaine Burbridge hit him from behind and then dragged him for several feet on July 14.

    12-Year-Old Hit-and-Run Victim Out of Hospital

    [DFW] 12-Year-Old Hit-and-Run Victim Out of Hospital
    A 12-year-old boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Richardson last month is recovering at a rehabilitation facility. (Published Monday, Aug 29, 2011)

    Family members said Byrd sustained several injuries, including swelling in his brain.

    Family spokeswoman Courtney Hopping said the swelling was so severe for several weeks that doctors could not operate.

    Devin Byrd, Still Fighting for His Life

    [DFW] Devin Byrd, Still Fighting for His Life
    Two weeks after a hit and run in Richardson, 12-year-old Devin Byrd is still fighting for his life. He's in the hospital with a severe head injury. (Published Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011)

    Now, after much struggle, Devin has been released from Children's Medical Center in Dallas and is now at a rehab facility, family members confirmed.

    While they are grateful for his recovery, family members said they are anxious to see what skills Byrd will regain.

    Attorney: Hit-and-Run Suspect Doesn't Remember Crash

    [DFW] Attorney: Hit-and-Run Suspect Doesn't Remember Crash
    The attorney for a woman suspected of hitting an 11-year-old boy in Richardson says he believes his client had an epileptic seizure at the time of the hit-and-run. (Published Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011)

    Meanwhile, Burbridge's attorney, Scott Palmer, said he can prove that the incident was an accident.

    Palmer said  a doctor will confirm that Burbridge was having a seizure when she hit Byrd.

    "The doctor feels comfortable that she's had this neurological condition for some time," he said.

    "We feel like she had the episode, literally careened off the curb, went over into the park, hit poor Devin and dragged him, and then just kept going," he said.

    "It all makes sense that this was not a criminal violation, just a tragic, horrible mistake that happened and, unfortunately, Devin got caught -- literally caught underneath it."

    Palmer said Burbridge will face a grand jury in the following months.