Hit-and-Run Victim Remains Critical; Family Hopeful

12-year-old Devin Byrd still in medically induced coma

By Amanda Guerra
|  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:03 PM CDT
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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.

Amanda Guerra, NBCDFW.com

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.

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A 12-year-old boy who was struck by a sport utility vehicle two weeks ago remains in a medically induced coma.

Doctors at Children's Medical Center were hoping to see some sort of improvement in Devin Byrd, but his condition remains the same.

"His head is the focus of the recovery," said Courtney Hopping, a family spokeswoman.

"There's been some swelling... of the brain," she said. "And that's what they're trying to calm and reduce, as well as everything that kind of goes with it -- his heart rate and all that kind of stuff."

Devin sustained several skull fractures when he was struck on a sidewalk near his grandmother's Richardson home on July 14.

When he arrived at the hospital, Devin's brain started to swell, and doctors put him in a medically induced coma.

Devin's parents feel somewhat helpless, Hopping said.

"For them, it's a loss of control," she said. "Obviously, they want to keep Devin safe and, through no fault of their own, this happened. They're devastated."

Doctors have told the family they can't perform surgery until Devin's brain swelling goes down. They don't know if there is bleeding in his brain or if he sustained brain damage.

Hopping said she hopes Devin can someday go home.

"One of the neighbors called him the spirit of the neighborhood," she said. "He would check on the elderly residents, knocking on their doors. He was very much a presences in that neighborhood."

Elaine Burbridge, 62, was arrested in connection with the crash and charged with failure to stop and render aid -- a third-degree felony. She is free on a $5,000 bond.

Her lawyer says Burbridge doesn't remember the crash and said it's possible she had some sort of epileptic seizure at the time of the hit-and-run.

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