Mother hopes to find driver who hit son as he walked to school

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock mother is determined to find the driver who hit her son while he was walking to school.

Nathan Bracamontez, 14, said it happened last Wednesday in Downtown Round Rock at the intersection of Mays and Main streets.

The eighth-grader says it was his turn to cross when a driver turning right hit him in the crosswalk.

“I landed elbow first and onto my back,” said Nathan. “He immediately got out of his car and asked me if I was OK.”

Nathan said yes and went on to school. When he told a teacher, she passed along the information to the principal, who then called EMS and police.

“He was sitting down, had an ice pack on his elbow,” said Round Rock Police Officer Vincent D. Cherrone.

Cherrone is trying to help the family find the driver.

“I’m at a standstill until somebody comes forward or we get some more information on the vehicle,” he said.

Nathan said the driver was in a newer-model red Dodge Ram pickup truck.

He didn’t think he was hurt until pain set in the day after. Nathan’s mom said X-rays revealed internal bruising on the left side of his ribs, and he has been sidelined from playing soccer until he sees an orthopedic specialist because his hip keeps popping.

“Just hope to find out that he’s gonna be back to 100 percent and be able to do what he loves to do,” said Janice Ponce, Nathan’s mother.

The single mom has not seen the emergency room bill and knows she cannot afford a specialist. She hopes the driver comes forward and has insurance to cover it.

“I’m not mad at him,” said Ponce, “I just wish he would have thought more responsibly.”

Nathan says if he could turn back time things might be different.

“I would have instantly pulled out my phone or waited for him to actually get help,” said Nathan.

Round Rock police said it is always important to exchange information at the scene of an accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Round Rock Police Department at 512-218-5500.

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