13-year-old boy recovering after being hit by car on 281 in Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Emergency crews transported a 13-year-old Leander boy to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas after a car struck the youth just after 8 p.m. March 9 as he was attempting to cross U.S. 281 in front of the Sonic Drive-In. According to Marble Falls police, the teen is listed in critical but stable condition with broken bones as of March 12. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Emergency crews transported a 13-year-old Leander boy to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas after a car struck the youth just after 8 p.m. March 9 as he was attempting to cross U.S. 281 in front of the Sonic Drive-In. According to Marble Falls police, the teen is listed in critical but stable condition with broken bones as of March 12. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

MARBLE FALLS — A Leander boy suffered broken bones and remains in critical but stable condition as of March 12 after being struck by a car while he was attempting to cross U.S. 281 in front of the Sonic Drive-In, according to a Marble Falls Police Department report.

The incident happened at 8:13 p.m. March 9 in the 1400 block of the highway.

Michael Maldonado, 13, was with another teen and that child’s parent when the trio, who were traveling south, parked their vehicle, which was pulling another vehicle, on the shoulder across the highway from Sonic, according to the report.

“They wanted to eat in Sonic, so they parked in the widened area of the roadway at the Carquest, across the highway from Sonic,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “They ran across the highway and ate, after they ate, they’re running back across to their vehicle.

“The two people with the boy stopped in the center turn-lane,” he added. “The boy kept running.”

A southbound 2004 Toyota Prius, driven by 20-year-old Paisley Wendel of Ingram, struck Maldonado.

“The driver immediately stopped as did other witnesses and immediately rendered aid to the young boy,” Hanson said.

The speed limit on that portion of 281 is 40 mph. There are no crosswalks or intersections at the location where the incident occurred.

Crews closed the roadway for about an hour and a half for an investigation and to clear the way for an emergency helicopter landing.

Maldonado was airlifted by Air Evac Lifeteam to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin.

“He’s in critical but stable condition,” Hanson said. “(He suffered) broken bones but no head injury and is expected to make a full recovery.”

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12 Responses to “13-year-old boy recovering after being hit by car on 281 in Marble Falls”

  1. Richard says:

    If people would teach their kids to use crosswalks this wouldn’t happen. It’s pretty ridiculous that this kid is in the hospital, there are plenty of intersections in that area with crosswalks.

    • Jerry says:

      I’ll bet the house that you failed reading comprehension.. THERE ARE NO CROSSWALKS IN THAT AREA

      • James says:

        No, there isnt a crosswalk there, BUT there is at the redlight 100yards down the road. Tjey was jaywalking, which is ILLEGAL!

    • Rodrigo says:

      I encourage you to define the word accident.. accidents happens in less then a minute amd also i encorage u to post all the intersections because to my knoledge theres no intersections in that area please have a little bit of respect

  2. Jennifer says:

    There is no crosswalks on 281 where the child was hit

    • James says:

      There is at the redlight 100yards down the road.
      Jaywalking is illegal and dangerous, and lazy perents are just as dangerous.

      • Tasha says:

        Lazy parents omg seriously sr you dont even know what exactly happen so why are u judging i think you are so knowledgeable so why dont u teach us every single one of us something by the way all that family need is prayers not sarcastic people like u have a great night mr perfect man or should i say mr perfect kid because u are acting like a kid

  3. Elizabeth Schnelle says:

    It is also bad visibility in that area at night.

  4. James says:

    If people would stop jaywalking, which is ILLEGAL, and use the crosswalk at every redlight in town, things like this wouldnt happen.
    Glad the kid is ok, but common sense is common sense.

  5. Stanley says:

    Yea… as a “jaywalker”(ik my risks when I walk) I DO NOT do it with other people let alone kids. I’m an athlete so I know body control and how to stop and go on a dime. I can’t say other people with me can.
    Saying that I blame the parent. 8:30 at night. Park by the Post office and walk across to the gas station and walk on THAT side of the road.
    YES they need more lighting but if you know it’s too dark don’t take that risk. I barely walked straight across 281 when I worked there.

  6. Jonathan says:

    The faith would never be broken
    Because there is a god and he is allways there these boy its alive for the grace of the lord
    I know him and he is an angel
    Thank you lord for your house
    And those who pray in there
    Because you have proof one more time
    The you are here. And therrs nothing to fear when in god we trust

  7. Jonathan says:

    And people stop judging
    Because yall aint perfect at all
    And yall have done something sometime that could of put you
    In these situation these
    Family are one one of the most cautious family that i have known
    Very family safe. But
    Do you know what really happen your point of view was is your point
    Not actually what really happen
    But you think that yall do perfect
    To judge think again
    brothers and sisters

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