ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A middle school boy was almost killed when he was hit by a car Tuesday night while riding his bike.
14-year-old Austin Richburg was riding his bike down East Country Club Road when he was struck. The Berrendo Middle School student was clipped by a car driven by a 23-year-old Roswell woman.
He was flown to a hospital in Lubbock where he remains in critical condition.
Police say that Richburg did not have reflectors or lights on his bike, so the driver won’t be cited for anything. They also say there were no signs the driver had been drinking or speeding.
Everyone KRQE News 13 talked to says that 14-year-old Austin Richburg is an amazing kid, with a big heart.
“He’s just, he’s kind of a quiet kid but very respectful. He’s just a good, just a good kid,” said Ted Mcconnel, neighbor of the Richburg’s.
Raylinn and Ted Mcconnell have been neighbors with the Richburg family for years. They were even his Cub Scout leaders.
“He was just a really awesome kid and we got to really know his personality and enjoy him,” said Raylinn.
Now the Mcconnells say they are praying for Austin and his family to come out of this stronger than ever. “We’re praying very hard for their family, and for Austin and you know we just hope he’s gonna be okay,” said Raylinn.
The school district says that they do have counselors in place at Berrendo Middle School for any students who need to talk about what happened to Austin.