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Family stopped to help hit and run victim


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 injuries.

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 do.

"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 Wednesday.

"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 injured knee.

"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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