COLONIE, N.Y. – A hit and run accident on Monday night
sent a teenager to the hospital with several injuries, but one family stopped
to help him when no one else would.
The last time James Beaudoin saw the people who helped
him on Monday, he was laying in the road bleeding and injured. On Wednesday, he
thanked the family who stopped to help him.
"I can't explain how much I appreciate you guys stopping,"
Beauboin said to the Rock family.
James Beaudoin, 18, was hit by a car while he was riding
his bike home from work this week. Beaudoin said the car hit his back on impact,
throwing him and his bike through the air, which left him with several
Colonie Police say a small dark colored car hit Beaudoin
while he was on the corner of Fonda and Cohoes Crescent Road and kept going.
The Rock family was driving home when they saw Beaudoin
covered in mud, lying in the road.
"Started talking to him asking him what his name was,
how old he was, where he worked, where he was coming from, tried to keep him
you know awake," said Erin Rock.
Beaudoin said other cars drove by him, but Hannah Rock,
her mom, and sister Erin made the decision to stop and pull over to aid
Beaudoin and call 911.
"I was scared obviously because here's this guy and
he's laying in the mud and I didn't want him to be laying in the mud," said
Hannah Rock. "But there was nothing I could do and I just tried not to panic
because that was the first thing I learned. Don't panic in an emergency."
Hannah said stopping for Beaudoin was the right thing to
"Why wouldn't we stop?" asked Hannah. "He's a person. He was
hurt. You have to help out people who are hurt. It's not OK to just leave them
on the side of the road laying in the mud. It's not alright."
The Rocks were more than relieved to see Beaudoin on
"I'm so glad we went back for him you know if it was
my kid's I'd want somebody to help them," said Helen Rock.
Beaudoin's mom, Janet, said she is grateful her son
wasn't alone as he suffered in pain with a broken leg, road rash, and an
"We're just so appreciative and you know I don't
know what we would have done without them," said Janet. "He would have been
there by himself and I know he was petrified as we were."
Police are now looking for a grey colored Hyundai Elantra
2002 to 2006 missing its side mirror. If you have any information you're asked to
call Colonie Police.
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