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Richardson Hit-And-Run Driver Turns Herself In

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM
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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – A 62-year-old woman turned herself in to Richardson Police Tuesday, five days after she allegedly hit and dragged a 12-year-old boy with her SUV and drove away from the scene, a police spokesman said.

Elaine Burbridge, 62, is charged with failing to stop and render aid. She turned herself in alongside her lawyer Tuesday.

According to Richardson Police, Devin Byrd, 12, was struck by a driver in an SUV while riding a go-cart on the sidewalk near Heights Park along Floyd Road. The driver blew through the T-shaped intersection, hopped a nearby curb and hit the boy before striking a tree and fleeing the scene.

“Instead of making a 90-degree turn, she made about a 45-degree turn and then jumped up onto the curb line and over the cross/sidewalk and hit the child,” Richardson Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich said last week.

The SUV dragged the child and the go-kart several feet and sped away without stopping to help, Perlich said.

Richardson Police located Burbridge’s SUV in front of her home one day after the hit-and-run and began gathering evidence in the case. A search warrant was secured, and the vehicle impounded and searched Friday.

Perlich said last week that he believed the driver knew the child had been hit.

“The woman continued to proceed through the park, on the grass, was able then to I guess gain control of her vehicle, turn it around and that’s when she would have driven past the child and the go-cart,” Perlich said.

Byrd’s skull was fractured in the hit-and-run. He had to undergo emergency surgery and is recovering at Children’s Medical Center.

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